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Our secure dwelling place

From the April 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Would you like to live in a place where you are guaranteed exemption from all evil and sickness, and where all your needs are supplied and always at hand? The good news is that we have an invitation to this holy place throughout the Bible. For example, Psalm 91 speaks of “the secret place of the most High” (verse 1) and teaches that if we trust God and set our love upon God, we will be kept safe and secure in this secret place. The Bible further explains: “In him [God] we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

Living in God would be a rather difficult thing to comprehend if we thought of God as being like a human being. But if God is infinite Mind, or Spirit, and if we are made in God’s own image, then we can start to grasp what it means, spiritually speaking, to dwell in God, good. The image of infinite Mind, or Spirit, has to be spiritual, like its original.

One day when the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, was a young girl, during a lesson at school the teacher asked the pupils, “If you were to take an orange, throw away the peel, squeeze out the juice, destroy the seeds and pulp, what would be left?” Some of the children said there would be nothing left. Others didn’t know. But the young Mary Baker—as she was known before she was married—had a different answer. She said, “There would be left the thought of the orange” (see Irving C. Tomlinson, Twelve Years with Mary Baker Eddy, Amplified Edition, pp. 10–11). 

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