Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reliable Evidence

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reliable Evidence

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WHEN it comes to fundamental aspects of life--our health, our well-being, our livelihood--what we know of spiritual reality deep within our hearts can actually give us a truer picture than the external signs that the senses perceive.

Since God is Spirit, He can't be seen or felt by the material senses. Yet, God's love for His creation, man, is tangible and real. We may well see evidence of His love as good things in our lives. But this is because we feel God's love deep within us first, and then we see the evidence outwardly. This certainty of God's love for His creation is what I like to think of as internal evidence--and it is spiritual evidence, which is wholly reliable.

Christ Jesus worked on the basis of this spiritual evidence, starting with man's perfect relationship to his creator, God. This fact outweighed any evidence of disease or sin, as Jesus' healing of the ten lepers illustrates.

The Bible tells us that Jesus said to these individuals, "Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it was on their way to do this that they were healed. Certainly, Jesus wouldn't have sent them without any evidence of healing. But to onlookers the external evidence of the leprosy hadn't changed as they started to follow Jesus' instruction to have their healing verified so that they could be restored to society.

The powerful, loving presence of God was far stronger evidence than the leprosy. This spiritual evidence brought healing. This evidence is available to each of us, as Jesus pointed out when he said, "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: . . . for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

God is infinite Spirit--and not conceivable in material terms. So man is spiritual because God is the Father-Mother of man-- and man also is not to be found in matter. The only way to understand the man of God's creating is to look deeply into the nature of God. …

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