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God fills all space—without exception

From The Christian Science Journal - October 1, 2012

First appeared in the October 2012 issue of The Herald of Christian Science. Originally written in German.


Since the time I took class instruction in Christian Science, I’ve been familiar with the seven synonyms for God that Mary Baker Eddy uses in Science and Health with Key to the Scripture. But recently, when reading this book, I noticed that the terms Principle and Love are used in close relationship, as in these passages: “He [Jesus] knew that the divine Principle, Love, creates and governs all that is real” (p. 286). Or: “God is individual, incorporeal. He is divine Principle, Love,  . . . . He fills all space, . . . ” (p. 331).

I wanted to get some new insights into this term Principle. What helped me was that Jesus often talked in parables to the people to make them understand his teachings. For example, the parables of the sower and the seed, the lost sheep, the good Shepherd, to name just a few. How could I get a clearer picture of how divine Principle works?

I thought about a winter landscape covered with frost. Frost is formed when temperature and saturated air interact in a certain proportion. Then the whole landscape is blanketed by frost. No tree can say, “I don’t feel like frost today.” Frost covers all, without exception. And no bush can say, “If it has to be frost, then please let it be black.” Frost covers all in white without exception.

So we are dealing with a principle here that applies to one and all. This frost parable helps me better understand the sentence “He is divine Principle, Love, . . . . He fills all space . . .” 

Another wonderful passage in Science and Health is: “The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space. That is enough!” (p. 520).

These insights brought me a quick healing last year. 

We had a membership meeting in our church. It was a wonderful, harmonious meeting, a quick election of new officers with a blessed result. I felt very much at home in our church community.  

When I wanted to get up at the end of the meeting, suddenly and unexpectedly, a sharp pain gripped me in my abdomen and then throughout the whole body. I had to sit down again. I firmly rejected this attack with this thought: No, you can’t do this to me. After that I was able to get up and drive home by car. I didn’t say anything to my wife about this. 

When I got ready for bed in our bathroom, the same pain returned even more severely. I had great difficulty getting back into the bedroom. I now told my wife about my problem and asked her to pray for me. As a full-time Christian Science practitioner she immediately started praying for me. We both remained very quiet. Then I remembered this sentence from the textbook that is quoted above regarding infinite Love filling all space. I told myself: The space where my body is, is also the space that is filled with divine Love. That has to be enough, because Love is also Principle. Then I remembered the frost and realized: A principle applies to one and to all. Without exception. 

After a peaceful sleep I was able to begin the next day without pain. The pain never recurred. 

I am very grateful for this quick healing and love to share it with all. 

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