Spiritual Vision

On page 587 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy defines God, in part, as "the all-knowing, all-seeing." Sight, then, as the envisioning or comprehension of that which is real, is a faculty of Mind, God, and therefore is complete and unrestricted. Man, who exists at the standpoint of perfection, who is one with God, and who shows forth the divine qualities, has immortal vision. As the expression of Mind, of Life, of Principle, of Soul, man inevitably has sight. "The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them."

With what subtlety and seeming plausibility, however, does the counterfeit belief present itself to thought! Claiming that creation, including man, is material, it says that sight is in matter and may be and often is impeded, dulled, or wholly destroyed. To support this false concept, it builds up a material organism in which sight is supposed to dwell. How vain, to suppose that man's vision of the grandeur and glory of reality could be thus limited! Our Leader gives us in the Christian Science textbook (p. 215) a clear statement of the truth with which to refute this false suggestion in these words: "Spiritual vision is not subordinate to geometric altitudes. Whatever is governed by God, is never for an instant deprived of the light and might of intelligence and Life."

From this standpoint of true vision, the human sense of sight receives healing. It is with our spiritual senses that we see true qualities, such as honesty, compassion, joy, and purity. In our daily task of enlarging and perfecting our concepts of the universe, we need to turn from the false to the true as the basis upon which to work.

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The Trimmed Lamp
December 26, 1942

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