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Our reason for existing

From the November 2022 issue of The Christian Science Journal


At times we may ask ourselves, “What is my reason for existing?” While a biological or psychological model of life may prove unsatisfying, the spiritual view that Christian Science offers reveals a deeply meaningful answer to this question. From this spiritual perspective, we find that it is not about what we have, or what human opinions about us might suggest. Rather, our purpose and joy in life lie in what we can give spiritually.

This giving is the expression of the attributes or qualities of God, which we abundantly reflect as God’s likeness. Because God is infinite and fills all space, in truth, we can experience and express only what God ordains or decrees. This is the law of God, His will, which cannot be annulled or abolished. So, everyone is able to express God’s spiritual qualities. St. Paul puts it this way: “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).

This is the basis of our salvation and the salvation of the world. It is not something that is going to happen in the future. It is present right now. There is no power that can stop God, divine Love, from expressing His own nature, from unfolding His spiritual qualities in each of us. All are embraced in this impartation of infinite good.

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