"Seek to Define God to your own Consciousness"

IN our Leader's Message of June, 1901, a message that has sounded the bugle call to all Christian Scientists to advance, she says on page four: "As Christian Scientists you seek to define God to your own consciousness, by feeling and applying the nature and practical possibilities of divine Love."

On my second reading of the message this sentence stood out as if written "with the point of a diamond." Here was the whole of Christian Science—of practical Christianity. Here was the line of my own work plainly marked out. "What must I do to be saved?" I must seek to define God correctly to my consciousness, and keep this definition in full view. How can I do this? The answer follows: "By feeling and applying the nature and practical possibilities of divine Love."

According to my reasoning, I must think correctly before I can feel correctly. "Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things." The true concept is made apparent to thought. This is "preparing the way of the Lord." "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker G. Eddy, illumines the Scriptures and enables us to perceive the true concept or idea of God. At first, this is but faintly apparent, and is colored by our previous misconceptions. In proportion, however, as we perceive, we begin to feel the nature of divine Love. Then if we are faithful and obedient in applying its "nature and practical possibilities" to our thoughts and actions according to our best understanding, we find that we are perceiving more clearly and feeling more deeply the nature of divine Love. We are becoming alive to God and dead to sin, or erroneous concepts.

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The Hidden Image
October 17, 1901

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