The True Sense of Love

THE question, Who and what is God? had always puzzled me, and when I began the study of Christian Science and found the answer given in our text-book: "God is divine Principle, supreme incorporeal Being, Mind, Spirit, Soul, Life, Truth, Love" (Science and Health, p. 465), I was at first unable to comprehend it, and I felt as if I had nothing tangible to grasp. The Scripture says, "There shall no man see me, and live," but we find through the understanding which Science gives that we can become acquainted with God to such an extent as to be always conscious of His presence and assured of His help.

I have seen little children who were beginning to reason out things for themselves, puzzled and perplexed over the false human concept of God, as responsible for human conditions,—sin and sickness,—but in studying this subject in the light of Christian Science they apprehend the truth readily and are healed by it. Many thoughts have unfolded to me most wonderfully, as I have learned that what we know of God is good, and good only.

In Christian Science we come to understand God through the divine attributes, as we see them reflected. For instance, we perceive that gentleness is a reflection of a divine quality, and the same is true of patience, of justice, mercy, and goodness. We come to understand Truth as it is reflected by a truthful man, whose word we can rely upon at any time; and as the true sense of Love unfolds to us in Science, we seek to express that which touches our own heart, thus passing it on to others, and so we at last learn to know God as unchanging divine Principle.

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The True Man
February 10, 1906

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