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Too good to be true?

From the June 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal


There’s a well-known saying: “It’s too good to be true!” We’ve probably all found ourselves coming out with this phrase at times when something wonderful or amazing happens. 

Recently, our family needed a new car. When, after much prayer, we received funds from an unexpected source that covered this cost, I caught myself saying to my husband, “This abundant supply, it’s just too good to be true!” But later in the day I began thinking about that statement. Why would anything be too good to be true?

We learn from the Bible that God is good. And in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, confirms that “in the Saxon and twenty other tongues good is the term for God” (p. 286), and she states that spiritual good is infinite: “The maximum of good is the infinite God and His idea, the All-in-all” (p. 103). Genesis 1:31 also states: “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” So could a God who is infinite good have anything but infinite good in store for His creation? 

Learning that goodness is spiritual and infinite helps us see that God, good, is all that really is true. Science and Health states: “All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love. No wisdom is wise but His wisdom; no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows” (p. 275). 

When “the good God bestows” appears in our experience, it’s because God’s goodness is ours, as His spiritual ideas. This inheritance is given to us from our all-loving Father-Mother. How grateful we can be that all of God’s goodness is ours, too, and that nothing could ever be too good to be true!  

Cathrine Hogg

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