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Discerning Infinite Presence

From the May 2005 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The sun sinks slowly into the horizon, revealing warm tones of pink, orange, and red. Eventually it disappears, only to return the next morning, bringing new rays of light.

Sometimes, it's easy to forget that, in spite of its beauty, the sun's movement across the sky is nothing more than a deception. There was a time, however, when virtually everyone was deceived by the illusion that the sun travels around the earth. The world had no basis for believing otherwise—that is, not until the early 17th century, when Galileo proved Copernicus's theory that the earth travels around the sun. Galileo's find is one of many examples in human history that prove that what the eye beholds can be illusive, and that a scientific fact holds precedence over appearance.

Interestingly, though, one has to go further back in history to find more telling accounts about the advancement of human knowledge, accounts that reveal the origins of the spiritual development of human thought. The Bible contains enough information to be viewed not only as an extraordinary record of episodes, but also as a source of inspiration. The Biblical prophet Jeremiah indicated that the universe is filled with one infinite Being who is the same throughout all space and for eternity. Jeremiah records God as saying, "Do not I fill heaven and earth?" Jer. 23:24. These comforting words have profound implications. They allude to the infinity of heaven and earth—the whole universe—entirely governed and occupied by the one single Principle, God Himself.

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