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NOT IN SPITE OF, BUT BECAUSE

From the June 1948 issue of The Christian Science Journal


A Student of Christian Science was troubled with a problem that did not readily yield to the spiritual truth, which he had learned in Christian Science, that perfect God creates perfect man. He prayed earnestly that God would reveal to him the spiritual lesson he needed to learn and was led to study carefully the Lord's Prayer (Matt. 6:9—13). He saw that in this prayer Christ Jesus began by realizing the perfection of God: "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name." Next, discerning that a perfect God must create and maintain a perfect universe, the Way-shower declared: "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."

Then the Master came to "us," to the individual: "Give us this day our daily bread." The student was awakened to see that instead of following the pattern of Jesus' prayer, he had been declaring the perfection of God and the perfection of individual man, neglecting to know the truth about man collectively, or God's full manifestation, which includes all of God's ideas. He determined to follow the Lord's Prayer explicitly by devoting a period of time to meditating on the nature of God; then a period to apprehending the true universe, God's kingdom; and then he would come to the individual.

In contemplating the nature of God, the student turned to page 465 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and studied the definition of Deity: "God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love." He endeavored as never before to hallow in his thought these seven definitive terms for our heavenly Father, the supreme and infinite Being, and to gain a deeper realization of the significance of each one.

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