Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Perfect Landing Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Perfect Landing Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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After making a perfect landing on July 4, Mars Pathfinder has been sending back incredible pictures and data. Much credit goes to the engineers and other individuals who have worked so hard.

But was this technological feat accomplished solely through human cleverness? Where do the ideas come from that put spacecraft on other planets?

As a young physicist working on an earlier space mission, I found myself asking such questions. I couldn't accept that successfully launching a spacecraft on a scientific mission to the planets depended merely on human talent. Yet, that seemed to be the attitude among my colleagues; our clever machines were fundamentally invented by intelligent people, and succeeded because we took extensive precautions to ensure the quality of our work and then were extremely inventive in our responses if the equipment malfunctioned so far away from earth. As I performed my work, I tried to find a spiritual basis for the machines we were building. I looked in the Bible and in the teachings of Christian Science. Through study and prayer I learned more about the spiritual nature of God's creation. I realized that whatever is good and useful to humankind expresses to some extent the qualities of God. That which appears to be bad involves a misunderstanding of God, who is All. The Bible has many accounts of nature being controlled through the power of God for the benefit of people. Moses divided the Red Sea to ensure his people safe crossing; the Jordan River was stopped to allow the children of Israel to enter the Promised Land. These incidents took place without apparent evidence of the vast floods a river stoppage would normally cause. Jesus Christ stilled a violent storm and walked on water. Such events, it seems to me, could only have happened because Moses, Joshua, Elijah, and Elisha perceived, as Jesus understood so clearly, God's control of the universe, and not because of supernatural interference. Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, wrote: "Creation, evolution, or manifestation, - being in and of Spirit, Mind, and all that really is, - must be spiritual and mental. This is Science, and is susceptible of proof. …

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