Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Seven Hues of God- and Healing

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Seven Hues of God- and Healing

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ONE day when I was a small boy my father gave me a glass prism. He showed me how, when sunlight passes through a prism, it reveals colors that actually comprise white light: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. I made a rainbow! Wow! I was amazed (I still am).

Many years later my mother gave me a prism of a different sort-a book. At a time of great turmoil in my life, she handed me Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. The author, Mary Baker Eddy, also founded this newspaper among other accomplishments. By holding a spiritual prism up to the light of the Bible, Science and Health takes the Bible's healing message and reveals facts about God, the family of man, and all the truths of spiritual being.

Perhaps the most inspiring idea I've found in Science and Health is the departure from the concept of a manlike, human God who loves and hates, tempts and punishes. Instead, it presents a clear, spiritual view of God as defined by seven synonyms. It says, "God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love" (p. 465). Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love. These synonyms reveal specific aspects of God's nature. They are not seven names for seven gods; they are seven names for one infinite God. As the glass prism clearly defines individual hues of light, Christian Science defines God's true nature in terms we can understand.

Having this fresh insight, one can look to God as Mind, and see Him as the source of all creativity, intelligence, and resourcefulness. We can pray to Him as Spirit, our source of energy and inspiration. Soul constantly refreshes our purity, enthusiasm, and joy. Principle provides the conviction that law and order are unchanging. Life guarantees immortality. Truth keeps us conscious of what has substance and value-what's real. Love protects us from all harm.

When praying about some character flaw I'd like to see improved, or a particular world event that's disturbing, or even over a sore throat, I often remember Christ Jesus' words from the Gospel of Luke, "Behold, the kingdom of God is within you" (17:21). …

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