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"LOVE'S ESSENTIAL QUALITIES"

From the October 1942 issue of The Christian Science Journal


One who for many years has been a student of Christian Science and has experienced many healings and much good as a result, when first attracted to this subject was told that Christian Science teaches and proves that God is Love; that He is infinite, ever-present divine Love, caring for, protecting, supplying, and healing all who turn to Him for help; and that man is created in God's image and likeness, existing eternally as His idea, reflecting and expressing God's qualities and attributes. Incredulous and doubting, but interested, he slowly took up the study of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. He began to learn something about God, as taught in this book, and by degrees to apply this knowledge in his daily life.

A few months later, through turning to God, divine Love, for help in overcoming a physical difficulty, the student was healed quickly and completely. This was a most joyous experience; he then saw clearly that existence is spiritual, as Christian Science teaches, and that God is infallible divine Love. Through many trying experiences he has never doubted this, and has always been grateful for this first clear proof of divine Love that came to him as a beginner in the study of Christian Science. Accepting without question the infallibility of God, divine Love, he acknowledged also that man is the immortal expression of Love.

In an enlightening passage on page 460 of Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy writes, "Our system of Mind-healing rests on the apprehension of the nature and essence of all being,—on the divine Mind and Love's essential qualities." And on page 465 she defines God as "incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love." Then, in answer to the question, "Are these terms synonymous?" she says: "They are. They refer to one absolute God."

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