Spiritual Sense

The five physical senses testify to physical man and a material universe. But Christian Science teaches that the real man, the man of God's creation, is not material; that since he is the image of God, Spirit, he is Spiritual. Of spiritual man and the spiritual universe, the material senses take no cognizance. It is only through the cultivation of spiritual sense that an understanding of man, as created in the image and likeness of God, is gained.

On page 209 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy defines "spiritual sense" as a "conscious, constant capacity to understand God." It belongs to the Mind "which was also in Christ Jesus." It is that which gives us a sense of God's reality and nearness, that which enables us to take hold upon God, who is ever present. Spiritual sense changes belief to understanding, and reveals the faith to which all things are possible. It gives us eyes to see the wonders of God's creation, and ears to hear the "still small voice" of Truth. It is that which gives us the realization of God's allness and goodness.

Spiritual sense is intuitive, as the longings, the aspirations, the constant reaching out for good testify. Since man as the creation of Spirit is spiritual, the capacity to understand God is innate. But we must become conscious of this spiritual capacity and learn to cherish it. One might starve with an abundantly set table in the same room with him, if he were not conscious of its being there and able to help himself.

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The Leaven
January 12, 1929

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