Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Spiritual Reality

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Spiritual Reality

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IS it human circumstances that determine reality for us, or is it something else? Much of the world might say that if you can see something and touch it, it must be real. On the other hand, some thinkers would agree that the objects we touch and see are temporal and have no inherent "reality because they are here today and gone tomorrow--that only things based on an unchanging principle or truth are, in an ultimate sense, real. Which is it that truly determines reality for us?

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, tells us in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal." She continues in the next paragraph: "This understanding is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments; it is the reality of all things brought to light."

In the Bible we are told that God created the heavens and the earth, and that He made them good. Since God made all, and made it good, then this goodness must be reality!

Christ Jesus came to earth to bring the light of understanding to the world. He came to show us what is real in God's eyes. His understanding of reality was an active, vital power for good. It destroyed sin and sickness by taking away their seeming power and reality. Matthew's Gospel tells us that Jesus said to a man with a withered hand, "Stretch forth thine hand." Jesus was not looking to the material, physical condition for reassurance of reality. He was looking to his Father, God, for an understanding of man. Jesus perceived that man is spiritual, whole, perfect, and that this true being never had a withered hand at all. This spiritual understanding healed the man because it brought to light the God-created reality of uninvadable, incorruptible, flawless perfection.

This understanding of man's spiritual nature is available to each of us as we turn to God for guidance. …

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