Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Heaven Is Where You Are Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Heaven Is Where You Are Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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A woman was struggling with all sorts of problems, and she was looking for some answers. One rainy day she was in town. Looking down at her feet, she noticed she was standing on a rather muddy copy of the Christian Science Sentinel. The cover said, "Heaven is where you are."

To the woman those words were like a message straight from God. That was the very first time she had ever heard of Christian Science. She read the magazine to find out more, and this led her to begin relying on Christian Science to solve her problems. She and her family have had many healings.

Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science in 1866, found that heaven is just where Jesus Christ said it is-at hand. He said, "The kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:21). Heaven is not on the outside but on the inside. Mrs. Eddy explored the truth contained in the Bible, found that it heals when understood, and then wrote of her findings in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Since its publication this book has helped thousands of people find health and freedom. Once Mrs. Eddy visited the American poet John Greenleaf Whittier. Whittier was a Quaker, a very spiritually-minded person. He suffered ill health. When she called on him, Whittier was huddled over a fire, flushed and coughing continually. She stayed awhile and shared with him some of the facts about God that had become plain to her through her study of the Bible. Whittier was receptive to this and appreciated her visit. A neighbor reported him to be completely recovered following the visit. This is discussed in the book Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Discovery by Robert Peel (p. 223). The teaching of Jesus shows healing to be natural, the expression of divine law, rather than miraculous. Healing comes when God's power is seen and felt on earth. When we yield our troubled thoughts to the spiritual order-to God's government, His good will and good intentions for us-we see the kingdom of God revealed in our lives. …

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