Salvation Understood Meets the Human Need

The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, has given to mankind the following definition of "salvation": "Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all; sin, sickness, and death destroyed" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 593). As the spiritual meaning of this definition unfolds in human consciousness, there comes, also, the wonderful realization that the truth contained therein is what Christ Jesus taught and demonstrated. Christ Jesus understood Life, Truth, and Love to be "supreme over all," and before his understanding of spiritual power, sin, disease, and death were rendered powerless to harm or to destroy, as Scripture records.

Paul wrote, "Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." And another statement of his shows how clearly he understood that the salvation which Jesus lived and taught his disciples comes from "the mind of Christ," for he said, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." This statement indicates the necessity for individual effort as the first step toward possessing true spiritual consciousness, or "the mind of Christ." It means that we are to study the Master's teachings, strive to know them, yes, let them dominate our lives as they did his.

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