Listening for God's Voice

Every thinking person will surely admit that real Being exists, and that there is the truth about it. Christian Science is particularly strong on the point, declaring that real Being is God, making known the truth about Him, and assuring men that they can know this truth. In the midst of much uncertainty as to what is real and what unreal, it is with a great sense of gratitude that the student of Christian Science acknowledges the extraordinarily brilliant light which this Science sheds on real Being. And his gratitude is even enhanced when he comprehends how spiritual understanding, when applied, dispels the darkness of ignorance and deepens the sense of harmony and health.

God is all-inclusive Spirit or Mind; and, being all-inclusive, or infinite, He is omnipresent. Because God is Mind, His creation consists of spiritual ideas; and the sum of these is the compound idea, man. Man, thus, is the full expression of God; hence, man includes all the spiritual ideas which constitute God's creation. Thus, the real man may be regarded as "hearing" God's voice continually, since he never ceases to reflect or express God's ideas. He cannot possibly "hear" aught else, since only God and His ideas in reality exist.

What has just been said applies to the real man—the only man, indeed. But there seem to be what are called human beings; and these appear to be only partly conscious of the truth. They appear to be conscious of good—which is of God—and of evil—which is not of God, and therefore does not really exist. They are conscious of the ideas or qualities of God, such as life, love, harmony, health, and appear to be conscious also of beliefs which have not a trace of godliness about them, such as inharmony, disease, sin, and death. Mortals, thus, are conscious of God's "voice," that is, of the ideas or qualities which express Him, and seem also to be conscious of that which is the opposite of Himself, but which because it is the opposite of Himself has no real existence.

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Vigorous Efforts
February 2, 1935

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