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Welcome the Christ

From the October 2018 issue of The Christian Science Journal

In the first book of the Bible, Genesis, we read about a healing of infertility that Abraham and Sarah experienced. Though Abraham and Sarah were well past the age when it is commonly believed to be physically possible to have children, God assured them they would have a son, and they did. In its spiritual signification, the healing illustrates how spiritualization of thought through receptivity to Christ, the truth of God and man that Jesus came to prove and teach, brings healing to the body and human experience. As such, the healing holds a promise of fruition and productivity for men and women in all ages.

To fully understand the import of this healing of infertility, and how it relates to spiritualization of thought and experience, it is useful to look at the context in which it is found. In Genesis, the spiritual origin and nature of man and the universe are set forth in the first chapter. Here creation is shown as complete, the unfolding of Life in its infinite detail and clarity. God, Spirit, who is all good, is revealing in spiritual light the completeness of His ideas, including man (male and female) as His own spiritual image and likeness. 

A material theory of creation, often referred to as the story of Adam and Eve, is presented in Genesis 2:6—3:24. It commences with a mist arising, signifying an obscured view or lack of clarity. It presents a concept of creation or generation in matter, where man is depicted as mortal, incomplete, material, and subject to sin, sickness, and death.

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