Saturday, May 28, 2005

Part II: God is All

Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII

Where did the discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, get these ideas? She didn’t make them up. Nor did she do a comprehensive study of all the world’s religions. What she did do was study the Bible.

The Bible characterizes God in many ways, including as Almighty, as Creator, as Spirit, as Love, and because these ideas are absolute truth, they appear in many faith traditions, even those that are not biblically based. These most inspired of views of God that the Bible articulates gained Eddy’s full attention in her own spiritual search. She knew that there had to be consistent answers, a way to bring these ideas into focus. She knew that there had to be a “grand unification explanation,” if you will, that made sense. She writes about winning her way “to absolute conclusions through divine revelation, reason, and demonstration” (Science and Health).

This is from Eddy’s seminal work on the subject, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, a copy of which you can browse through online at In this book she fully explains the concepts of Christian Science and expands the definition of God. There’s no mystery here; anyone can read about it and learn it for themselves. Here’s one of the ways she describes God: “God is what the Scriptures declare Him to be, -- Life, Truth, Love. Spirit is divine Principle, and divine Principle is Love, and Love is Mind, and Mind is not both good and bad, for God is Mind; therefore there is in reality one Mind only, because there is one God” (Science and Health).

So it’s all very well to have this higher concept of God, but what good does it do us? How do we use this concept to better our lives, to achieve happiness and healing? The answer lies in a Biblical passage that Mary Baker Eddy unlocked the true meaning of. There’s an entire chapter in Science and Health about this -- it’s called, Genesis. In this chapter, Eddy takes the creation story from the Bible and interprets its spiritual meaning. When she gets to the passage from Genesis one, “ ‘And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness;’ ” she again takes this to its logical conclusion.

Eddy writes in response to the Bible passage, “God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence. Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light. … Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God's dominion over all the earth. Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God” (Science and Health).

Think about it. Once we’ve established God as perfect, isn’t it logical to conclude that His creation is also perfect? Isn’t that what “image and likeness” means? For why would He create something imperfect on purpose, if He is in fact perfect, all power, and all Love? The Bible says He created us in His image and likeness, and there’s really no reason for Him to create something flawed. It doesn’t make sense. So, the logical conclusion is that He didn’t.

Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII

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