Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Sacred Page

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Sacred Page

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THAT'S what my Bible is to me--sacred pages. It's been my physician, my counselor and faithful friend, my strong help, for many, many years.

Once, years ago, I was asked to interview and apply for a job that seemed like a pinnacle to my career. It seemed as if I were the natural one for the job, yet the job went to someone else. At first I felt crushed. Soon, though, I turned to my Bible for counsel. My eyes fell on a verse from Colossians that says, "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Those words "ye are dead might not seem likely words of comfort. But they were. Because when I read them, the mortal sense of ambition that had made the position so important did die. I was again able to entrust God with my work, as well as with my family's well-being. I was reminded to put spiritual things first. In that way, our lives were "hid with Christ in God.

A few years later, a career opened up for me that was truly one where I could make my best contribution. And it was something that wouldn't have been possible if I'd taken the other job.

If we're thinking the Bible's just tribal history or a compilation of moral strictures, we're probably missing its deepest point. It may even seem dull and useless. But when it's correctly viewed as the account of God's revealing His true nature to man and the effect of this in man's life, then the book comes alive.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, placed great emphasis on Bible study that digs down to a spiritual understanding of its message. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she says: "The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained.

Isn't it illogical to think that God--who loves man, His own complete creation--would ever mean not to be understood? …

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