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Christly affection and humanity: the gateway to reality

From the April 1983 issue of The Christian Science Journal


A young husband came to a Christian Science practitioner asking for prayerful help with his marriage. Several months earlier, he and his wife had had a big blowup. Tempers were lost and unkind things were said. Although the couple had "kissed and made up," the incident left underlying hurt feelings. Both partners felt a division between them that didn't seem to be healing.

The husband explained to the practitioner that he was earnestly trying to heal the situation through Christian Science. (As was his wife.) Yet he still felt estranged. When asked how he had been working metaphysically, the husband answered that he had been striving to see and love the perfect man of God's creating.

"That's essential," the practitioner replied, "but are you realizing that she is, in fact, that perfect man? And are you acting as if you believed it?" The practitioner then pointed out this passage from the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy: "John saw the human and divine coincidence, shown in the man Jesus, as divinity embracing humanity in Life and its demonstration,— reducing to human perception and understanding the Life which is God." Science and Health, p. 561.

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