Reflecting God

Many people, when commencing the study of Christian Science, experience difficulty in grasping the full significance of some of the terms employed by our beloved Leader to express the deeper spiritual meanings involved in Christianity which is to be of practical use in everyday affairs. Mrs. Eddy must have recognized this when she wrote in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," on page 559: "Take divine Science. Read this book from beginning to end. Study it, ponder it." Not by spasmodic or mechanical reading, but by sincere, patient, and prolonged study and reflection, is the reader enabled to get at the truth contained in this volume.

The very effort entailed in overcoming the difficulties is, however, amply rewarded by the progress made thereby in the journey from sense to Soul; for when pondered humbly the meanings gradually, or perhaps suddenly, become clear, and this results in a fuller understanding of the language of Spirit. Each such occasion becomes a means for illumination of other passages which have previously seemed obscure; and so, step by step, nearer views of Truth are obtained.

One student had been learning the first paragraph of the definition of man as given in Science and Health, page 475, and while out walking was seeking to get at the exact meaning of such statements as, "Man is idea, the image, of Love;" and, "He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas; the generic term for all that reflects God's image and likeness." Suddenly the words, "Thinking good is reflecting God," came vividly to thought; and this proved sufficient to light up the whole passage referred to. With joy the walk was continued, as it was realized that the image, likeness, or reflection of God is entirely a mental state in which thoughts are altogether good.

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Loving in Deed
October 17, 1936

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