Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

An Understanding Heart

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

An Understanding Heart

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WHILE my mom was cleaning out some books, she came across a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. There are many copies in my parents' house of this book by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, but this one was a particularly supple and well-worn leather volume that fitted pleasingly in my hands. It had belonged to my mother's grandmother. As I leafed through its pages, the notations and marks, the underlinings and cross-references, all in my great-grandmother's humble, unsophisticated penmanship, revealed unmistakably that she had spent much time reading and considering Mrs. Eddy's words. My great-grandmother was not what you would call an educated woman. But it was clear that she was an inspired reader and a practicing student of Christian Science. I was reminded of a statement in Science and Health about spiritual understanding: "This understanding is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments; it is the reality of all things brought to light" (p. 505). The study of Christian Science, which leads one to live a more God-centered life, to help others, and to heal physically and morally, is not an exercise in gathering up fact upon fact until some sufficient number of facts is counted. "The reality of all things brought to light" expresses God's power and God's action. God reveals Himself to man, His full representation, His child, whom He loves and never leaves alone. In other words, man-each of us-expresses God's being. Man is, in fact, God's reflection of His own goodness. The Saviour, Christ Jesus, showed us what it means to rely on God, divine Mind, as the source of healing intelligence. John's Gospel tells us Jesus said, "The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works" (14:10). It is Jesus' example of healing and salvation that Christians strive to follow. The Bible, in First Kings, tells how one individual did turn to God for the ability he needed to accomplish a task that seemed too large for him. Solomon found himself king, in charge of a nation. …
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