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God and reflection

From the January 2019 issue of The Christian Science Journal

SO OFTEN, THE Bible beautifully brings forward the spiritual sense of familiar concepts. For instance, in Second Corinthians, reflection is revealed as more than merely a physical phenomenon: “We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (3:18).

The glory of the Lord could be defined as the wonderful, pure essence of God, who is ever-present Love, Spirit, Truth, and Mind. God’s nature is purely good and utterly glorious—and is reflected in each of us.

A common definition of reflect is to think carefully, to contemplate, to ponder. Therefore, spiritually considered, reflection is a facet of divine Mind’s intelligence and action. It’s God’s knowing. Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, explains that God reflects Himself (see Retrospection and Introspection, p. 56); this is God’s self-expression, and the result is you and me—spiritual, perfect, and whole.

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