Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

God Can Be Understood Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

God Can Be Understood Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

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A friend lent me a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures when I was seventeen. Before this time I had occasionally asked God, "What is the truth about You? There are so many different opinions. What should I believe?"

I read the first chapter, "Prayer," from this book by Mary Baker Eddy, which explains the Science of Christ. I was impressed by the author. "She was intelligent," I thought. Through her writing, I discerned that she spoke with the authority of someone who understood God. What she explained about prayer opened my eyes to a new way of knowing God as the loving source of good. I agreed with what Science and Health explains about how to pray. In my heart I felt it was the truth.

The chapter pointed out to me that prayer is not about begging God to change a bad human situation into a good one. Prayer is an affirmation of God's ever-presence and complete power. Further, the effect of prayer is that it reforms us and removes from us what is unlike God -- what is unlike good. Understanding God heals the situation being prayed about. Healing effects come in God's own way. As I read on, it did not matter to me that I didn't immediately understand everything. I was getting enough for then. I learned that God is the only creator and is both our Father and our Mother. This made sense to me, because it accounted for male and female qualities, evident in all creatures. Even though I was young, Christian Science, which I learned Mrs. Eddy discovered in 1866, was logical to me, and I realized it was the truth of God that I had been searching for. This book introduced me to my divine Parent, whom I could trust. The following summer I made the decision to put this book to the test. From early childhood I'd had a recurrence of severe sore throats and painful tonsillitis. My tonsils had been removed at age sixteen, but the sore throats would still return. I knew from the testimonies in the back of Science and Health that people had been physically healed just by reading the book. I threw out my medicine and opened the book at random. I had no idea where to start. …

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