"Converting the soul"

The Hebrew poet declared that "the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul." A dictionary gives as one definition of the verb to convert, "To change or turn from one state or condition to another," and it also gives as a definition of the word conversion, "A change from the service of the world to the service of God;" all of which accords with Christian Science. Mrs. Eddy makes it very clear on page 482 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" that soul is not some vague, intangible thing imprisoned in the body, only waiting to be set free by death, when it will unfurl its wings and fly away to fields Elysian, for there she declares, "As used in Christian Science, Soul is properly the synonym of Spirit, or God; but out of Science, soul is identical with sense, with material sensation."

From my earliest remembrance, as the daughter of a clergyman, I heard much about conversion. My conception of that process of mental transmutation, however, was most indefinite. I heard repeatedly that a "change of heart" meant the "conviction" of sin as well as an earnest desire to repent and be forgiven, which was supposed to produce an ecstatic state of spiritual bliss. However, as I was allowed to think for myself and did not attain to that beatified mental condition, neither could believe that a loving God could afflict His children who were patiently and obediently endeavoring to do His will, I drifted along on an uncertain sea of doubt and unrest until at length my bark was forced by physical suffering into the calm, peaceful waters of Christian Science. Here, at last, I learned what "converting the soul" really means.

May 29, 1920

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