Gaining the True Concept of God and Man

In a profound statement Mary Baker Eddy writes (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 390), "It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony." It is clear, therefore, that our first duty and privilege is to learn more about God. In seeking acquaintance with Him we may begin with the first chapter of Genesis, where we read, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth;" and, "God created man in his own image."

When working over a seemingly stubborn and unyielding problem of any kind, if we allow discouragement to creep into our consciousness, and in our ignorance and helplessness cry out, "Why are we here, and what is our purpose in life?" let us immediately reverse our thinking and claim our relationship to God, knowing that we are, in reality, reflecting and glorifying Him.

A helpful account is given in the Bible of Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, who "came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him." The account continues, "Jesus answered and said unto him, ... Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." When Nicodemus questioned this, Jesus explained that "except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." To understand God, one must be "born of the Spirit." It is plain that neither age, nor race, nor worldly education has anything to do with this change, which is purely spiritual, and which takes place in the individual consciousness.

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