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God’s promises and our spiritual advancement

From the November 2023 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Throughout the Bible God promises that we will know Him, and I find that the practice of Christian Science fulfills this promise. The teachings of Christian Science—the divine laws of God that Christ Jesus demonstrated in his healing mission—awaken us to God’s promises of present perfection and the possibility of seeing these promises made manifest in our daily experience.  

Yet popular thought and theology often teach that while God is infinite, He is a mystery. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, contradicts this in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Paganism and agnosticism may define Deity as ‘the great unknowable;’ but Christian Science brings God much nearer to man, and makes Him better known as the All-in-all, forever near” (p. 596). 

God becomes better known not through the human intellect, but through spiritual sense or spiritual perception, inherent in all of us as God’s image and likeness. This makes the Bible promises come alive. Mrs. Eddy saw clearly that the promises found throughout the Bible are good, eternal, universal, and demonstrable here and now for every man, woman, and child, everywhere. A study of Christian Science shows that God is always communicating His all-good nature through Christ, His spiritual ideal, which appears to us in ways we are best able to understand and demonstrate right where we are in our spiritual growth and understanding.

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