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God and the new universe

From the October 2006 issue of The Christian Science Journal

IF HUMAN BEINGS A FEW EONS FROM NOW visited a new universe, they'd probably expect to learn some incredibly new things. But to the degree they insisted on holding on to the "facts" of their old universe and considered them the only possible standard for truth, their exploration of the new universe might be frustratingly slow. In fact, they probably would not get far from the original arrival area. They'd likely be tempted to "go home"—that is, to revert to an older, more familiar assessment of what a universe supposedly should be.

Consider the scenario just described as an analogy for exploration of the new universe of Spirit, God. We may have been "born into" Christian Science, or had some early healings and enthusiasm, or even now consider ourselves hardworking Christian Scientists—and yet still feel as though something's missing. Maybe we feel the need for more physical healing or the infusion of spiritual joy and stronger conviction. We've landed in a new universe, as it were, but may still be living with—far more than we're consciously aware—old-universe assumptions. This causes all sorts of problems, from slowing down healing to making us dully query whether Christian Science itself needs to be retrofitted to old-universe impressions.

A powerful testimony in Science and Health (pp. 667–669) shows how to come more directly into line with the revelation of the new universe of Spirit that Mary Baker Eddy discovered. The testifier wrote that tremendous liberation and healing flowed from her initial encounter with Science and Health. But she apparently found herself still thinking about the previous problem and her own "corporeality."

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