Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Experiencing Salvation

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Experiencing Salvation

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'DO you consider yourself saved? Is salvation relevant in your life?" When an acquaintance threw me these questions, I squirmed. His questions implied that I didn't understand salvation or why it matters. Like countless other people, I struggled with the need to understand what salvation through Christ had to do with my own life. It wasn't until many years later that I truly understood the deep significance of salvation.

In my search, I gained much insight from the Bible. I discovered that salvation includes liberation from the power and effects of sin, redemption through spiritual growth, and the regeneration that comes with an understanding of man's spiritual nature. In her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the Discover of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, includes an explanation of salvation that helped me understand what I was reading in the Bible. She writes: "Salvation. Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all; sin, sickness, and death destroyed" (p. 593).

This made sense to me. Surely every individual is seeking freedom from sickness and sin. I knew I was. And I was encouraged by Mrs. Eddy's explanation of the way to salvation. She tells us in Science and Health: "Our Master fully and finally demonstrated divine Science in his victory over death and the grave. Jesus' deed was for the enlightenment of men and for the salvation of the whole world from sin, sickness, and death" (p. 45). Clearly Christ Jesus' mission was to show the way to true freedom from all the ills of mortal life. He both demonstrated and assured us that salvation is possible here and now. But we each have our part to fulfill. Regeneration is the outcome of heartfelt prayer, or communion with God. It may take persistent effort, even struggle, to purify our thought and actions.

Regeneration isn't always a comfortable process. In the midst of our striving it's reassuring to consider the experience of Paul, who--though he never knew Jesus personally--was saved by the truth Jesus taught. Paul was originally called Saul, and before his conversion he was known far and wide as a man who persecuted Christians. …

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