Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Lions' Den Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Lions' Den Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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It was over twenty years ago that I asked this question. I no longer remember what my particular problem was, but I do remember the answer I received, which has helped me many times since.

I'd been talking with a Christian Science practitioner, someone who prays to heal people of difficulties of all kinds. She said, referring to a Bible story familiar to many, "Think of it this way: Daniel had faith in God, and it didn't keep him out of the lions' den. But it kept him safe when he was in it."

Safe, even among lions. That was a reassuring and comforting thought for me. I saw her point-that I could never be in any situation where God wasn't already present to take care of me. I looked again at Daniel's story (see Daniel, chap. 6). Certainly it seemed that he had every reason to ask why he had ended up in the lions' den. After all, he had been steadfastly obeying God, faithfully doing what was right. But there is no record of his asking such a question. Instead, Daniel spent the time in that den trusting God to save him. And as the Bible shows, he was completely safe. Apparently, Daniel's obedience to God was what had caused King Darius to throw him to the lions. But obeying God was also what protected Daniel completely, and it had far-reaching blessings for the entire kingdom. As I have continued to study the Bible over the years, I have gained a deeper understanding of the spiritual facts behind what that practitioner said to me. She was helping me see through the myth of God as a personal deity who might or might not intervene to help in my affairs. Instead, she was pointing me to the concepts of God as Spirit, as infinite, as ever-present Love-and of my identity as His daughter, inseparable from Him. These concepts were taught and proved true by Jesus Christ. And they are central to God's law, which was discovered by Mary Baker Eddy. She wrote in the textbook of Christian Science, "God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 465). Further on we read, "In divine Science, God and the real man are inseparable as divine Principle and idea" (p. …

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