Acknowledging the Divine Idea

Not infrequently we hear some one say, when speaking of a healing brought about through his understanding of the truth, "Of course, you know God did the healing; I had nothing whatever to do with it." Unquestionably such a statement is made in the righteous desire to turn the listener's attention away from personality to the healing Principle, and a right motive must ever have its reward; but may not a danger lurk in such a statement none the less, the danger of shutting God's idea out of His divine plan, and of thereby robbing the hungering, ready thought of man's birthright?

On page 560 of Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy writes: "To misunderstand Paul, was to be ignorant of the divine idea he taught. Ignorance of the divine idea betrays at once a greater ignorance of the divine Principle of the idea—ignorance of Truth and Love." How, then, is it possible for us to acknowledge God, divine Mind, without giving due credit to the idea through which this Mind finds expression? As surely as the sunbeams bear the message of the sun to a darkened world, just so surely do God's ideas bring the message of salvation to benighted humanity, and therefore their place in His great healing plan is fixed and assured.

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