Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

God-Centered Living

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

God-Centered Living

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WHAT is the center of our life? If we center ourselves on a material basis, such as belonging to a certain race or a particular culture, we tend to see ourselves and others from an outlook which is actually quite limited. Such a view fosters the kinds of distinctions that spark confrontations between individuals and war between nations and peoples.

Peace conferences, treaties, and legislation are positive and often necessary steps to alleviate conflict. The underlying problem still remains, however: the belief that there are basic, unalterable differences between peoples that make it impossible for them to coexist peaceably. Lately, this has caused severe strains in the Far East and Europe.

But wait. This isn't the way creation was meant to be. According to the Bible, man is spiritual, created in the image and likeness of God. Christ Jesus explains this identity as that of Father and son--children in the likeness of their divine Parent. Thus, each and every man, woman, and child is united by a common ancestry and heritage as the offspring of one and the same God, Spirit. Rightly viewed, race and culture point to the variety and uniqueness of our spiritual individuality.

"We cannot fathom the nature and quality of God's creation by diving into the shallows of mortal belief," writes Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. "We must reverse our feeble flutterings--our efforts to find life and truth in matter--and rise above the testimony of the material senses, above the mortal to the immortal idea of God. These clearer, higher views inspire the Godlike man to reach the absolute centre and circumference of his being."

On this spiritual basis, we can reject self-centered and limited viewpoints about ourselves or others, and refuse to consider anyone, including ourselves, as better or worse than another and divided from that person as a result. …

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