From Glory to Glory

On the first page of the Preface to "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy says, "The time for thinkers has come"—thinkers who are ready and eager to delve beneath the surface of things to the foundational truths about God and man, the truths which must of necessity lead one along spiritual lines of thought. Material thinking is ever making detours as it finds its path insecure, ever changing its course to coincide with changing material so-called laws. To one accustomed to this mode of mental traveling, Christian Science seems at first startlingly straightforward, and possibly radical; but its reasoning is so logical that to the sincere seeker after Truth it must always appeal.

One listens with joy to the reasonableness of the argument that if God is Spirit, man made in His image and likeness must be spiritual, not material. He longs to understand more fully the distinction which Christian Science draws between the so-called man of dust, which seems so real to most of us, and the man of God, never aught but perfect and free. In such a mental state one is ready to receive the truth and to understand; for did not Jesus say, "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for their's is the kingdom of heaven," meaning, surely, that blessed are those who acknowledge their spiritual poverty, and so are receptive? In this attitude of receptivity, the truths of Christian Science open up to one new and more glorious views of God and man; his faith becomes based on an understanding of God, which makes it stronger and more practical; his love broadens and loses its weak human elements, as it becomes founded more and more surely upon divine Principle, while it loses none of its sweetness; the personal burden is taken from responsibility, while at the same time he grows more confident of himself, because he sees the possibilities of God-given dominion over evil.

In all this, however, God's man is not changing from bad to good, from poverty to abundance, from sickness to health, from materiality to spirituality. God's man, the only man who really exists, made in the image and likeness of God, has always reflected abundance, wholeness, purity, spiritual perfection. The counterfeit beliefs, which have claimed power and place, will little by little fade away, giving an unobstructed view of man's real selfhood, the man eternally present and perfect, who reflects the perfectly good and harmonious qualities of the creator.

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Learning to Wait
January 15, 1927

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