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"THE BIRTH OF A NEW-OLD IDEA"

From the March 1966 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Christian Science healing is always the appearing in varying degree of the Christ. It is the birth, the beginning, of a new experience, a new conception of the ever-present Christ, Truth, bringing to light man's status as God's beloved spiritual child. Under the marginal heading "The immortal birth," Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health (p. 191), "As a material, theoretical life-basis is found to be a misapprehension of existence, the spiritual and divine Principle of man dawns upon human thought, and leads it to 'where the young child was,'—even to the birth of a new-old idea, to the spiritual sense of being and of what Life includes." But the birth is never the beginning of the Christ-idea but is a new conception, a new view of Christ that begins to dawn on human consciousness. Christ is without embryo or finite element.

When Mrs. Eddy was healed as she clearly glimpsed the Truth which enabled Jesus to heal, she discovered spiritual fundamentals. Her clear realization of the power of Christ, its spiritual immensity, was the birth of the new-old Christ-idea. The veil of mystery about how the Master healed was assuredly rent. Later, Mrs. Eddy realized that God's law of spiritual perfection, which she named Christian Science, can be invoked at any time, by anyone, anywhere, for the truth of perfect God and perfect man is ever present.

It was the Christ which enabled the wonderful characters in both the Old and New Testaments to work what seemed miracles to the populace, but which were divinely natural to those by whom they were performed. Christian Science has restored healing to its rightful place in religion. James in his Epistle stressed practicality, when he said (2:17,18): "Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." Healing in Christian Science always takes place whenever God is glorified in human consciousness and scientifically understood and obeyed.

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