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Hearing and heeding God’s voice

From the August 2022 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Can we actually hear God’s voice? We read in the Bible how God communicated directly to Moses, Abraham, David, and the prophets. Christian healer Mary Baker Eddy said we can hear God, too. She wrote, “Before human knowledge dipped to its depths into a false sense of things,—into belief in material origins which discard the one Mind and true source of being,—it is possible that the impressions from Truth were as distinct as sound, and that they came as sound to the primitive prophets” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 213–214).

The question is, How? We have this promise, from Isaiah 30:21: “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” Isaiah was telling those who were feeling afraid that if they turned wholly to God, they would receive the help they needed. This encouragement still rings true today, proclaiming what is possible when we follow the First Commandment to have no other God but the one divine Mind.

We can do this by turning away from the noise of the world and turning to God, our Father-Mother, as the source of all good—directing us at all times. If we look to God as infinite Mind and understand that there is only one God, who is All-in-all, this helps us see that there is only the one Mind and its infinite manifestation, including the true, spiritual identity of each of us.

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