The Larger View

On page 255 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, has written, "In league with material sense, mortals take limited views of all things." Because of these limited views, and a seeming inability to look beyond the circle of personal interests by lifting thought to a height where a larger view may be obtained, spiritual growth is often retarded, and opportunities for greater service are unperceived.

But Mrs. Eddy has written (Science and Health, p. 258), "The human capacities are enlarged and perfected in proportion as humanity gains the true conception of man and God." As through our study of Christian Science we gain a better understanding of God and His spiritual creation, and, in the words of Paul in his epistle to the Colossians, "put off the old man with his deeds" and "put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him," thought becomes enlarged and spiritual perception tranfigures the material sense of things. We then begin to give less importance to the trivial and temporal, and our circle is widened to include all mankind. New opportunities for service are discerned, and our outlook becomes world-wide.

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