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To be born again

From the April 1979 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A fresh start, a new beginning—who isn't interested! To wipe the slate clean of yesterday's hurt and injustices and of the dreads that hover over an upcoming tomorrow, this is a challenging hope. It has haunted and eluded so many people, always seeming to be just out of reach.

To be born again. What does this mean in Christian Science? Not an emotional intensity that skyrockets one up onto cloud nine and then leaves him there dangling between the ecstasy of a far-off heaven and the dread of a burning hell for sinning souls. No, this dualistic theology has no foothold in the Science of Christianity. Here God is seen to be unchanging Love, forever providing us with the opportunity, the necessity, to awake to what we already divinely are—individual manifestations of God's being.

The new birth! In his theology Christ Jesus made this a point of prime importance. His illuminating words to Nicodemus quicken our perception of what it means and how it may be achieved. "Ye must be born again," he told the Pharisee. And he follows this scientific requirement with a perception of man's incorporeality: "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."John 3:7, 8;

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