The Starting Point in Christian Science

One whose need, physical and mental, at a time of deep distress had led him to Christian Science, asked, "How or where do I commence to get out of my difficulties?" His attention was drawn first to the history of spiritual creation, as recorded in the first chapter of Genesis, in the last verse of which are included the words, "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." Then he was asked to read in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, the following statement (p. 275): "The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind,—that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle."

This student made a fresh start toward solving his problems when it dawned upon him that what he needed to be healed of was not so much a sick body as ignorance of God, which alone was responsible for his troubles. As he studied the textbook he began to grasp the stated fact that since God is Spirit, Mind, it follows logically that man, made in His image and likeness, is spiritual, and that he expresses only the qualities of his creator. In other words, man's nature is spiritual. As the idea of Mind, man lives in the realm of Mind, whence come spiritual thoughts.

October 7, 1933

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