Spiritual Vision

When the heart is lifted in praise to God after some demonstration of the truth as revealed by Christian Science, spiritual vision is acute, and objects of true creation which before were unseen may become visible to spiritual sense. At such times passages from the Bible illuminated by spiritual understanding are wont to flood thought as heavenly messages or angels. Through spiritual sense the divine facts underlying all human situations may be brought out, until it is seen that the true universe is here, and God is governing. Jesus said, "O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee." The student of Christian Science may also look out from this altitude of spiritual understanding in the way Jesus did, through demonstration accomplished.

Mary Baker Eddy under divine direction has been able to state Christianity in terms of divine Science, and to make plain thereby the healing method of Christ Jesus. In her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 476, 477), Mrs. Eddy gives the reason for the Master's perfect healing power. She writes: "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick." To human sense it may often appear difficult to see this perfect man and to have this correct view; nevertheless, the honest effort to do so in this right and scientific way will always bring good results. In Christian demonstration it is necessary to have entire reliance on God, good, in order to rise above material sense testimony through perception of the divine facts.

A student of Christian Science had allowed himself to get disturbed in contemplation of a business interview with one who on a former occasion apparently had evinced a measure of antagonism to Christian Science. The mental distress became so marked the night before the interview that specific mental work to heal the situation had to be done. With the aid of the Bible and the Christian Science textbook an honest yet somewhat labored effort was made to approach the view of man as divine Principle, God, created him and sees him eternally; that is, as incorporeal, spiritual, perfect, the likeness of God, reflecting Him in all things, therefore always answering to spiritual law and the holy government of his creator. The results were notable, for the next morning not only was the necessary business immediately concluded in perfect harmony and in a generous manner, but eager questions concerning Christian Science were put to the student, who was able to lend the Christian Science textbook and extend an invitation to the local church, both being gratefully accepted.

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The Guidance of Divine Love
July 9, 1932

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