Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Dive Deep Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Dive Deep Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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If a submarine on the ocean's surface gets caught up in waves, the commander knows what to do-dive deep. No matter how much the surface of the sea may be churning, underneath it is always calm. If swimmers get into rough surf, diving beneath the waves can help put them back in control.

The Bible shows how to go deep and find the spiritual facts of existence. In so doing, we draw closer to God and to unchanging calm. The book of Psalms says, "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? . . . If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me" (139:7, 9, 10).

The Bible also shows that Christ Jesus was never thrown off balance by the turbulence he saw around him. Whether it was an aggressive mob, a degenerative disease, or a storm at sea, Jesus always proved God was in control. His response was never one of dismay or terror, but of uttermost calm, the calm that came from knowing there was nothing to fear with God at hand. Once Jesus was asleep in a boat with his disciples when a violent storm arose (see Mark 4:36-41). The disciples woke him and told him of the danger. He was unmoved. He asked them why they were afraid. He stilled the wind and the sea. A great calm followed. From studying the Bible and the words of Jesus, Mary Baker Eddy saw that the healing he accomplished was repeatable and scientific. She wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe. He plunged beneath the material surface of things, and found the spiritual cause" (p. 313). Science and Health explains the Science of what Jesus taught, which Mrs. Eddy discovered and named Christian Science. What was Jesus calling upon? He was calling upon the power of God, upon the ever-presence of the Almighty. He showed that an understanding of God was greater than fear and danger. …

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