Spiritual Discernment

When one has become sufficiently disillusioned by the fallibility of false gods and seen the impossibility of their satisfying the desire for happiness or success, one may join with Job in his cry for the true God, "Oh that I knew where I might find him!"

From Paul may be found an answer to Job's appeal in his statement: "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:... neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." Mary Baker Eddy more completely enlightens the seeker in her statement in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p.171), "Through discernment of the spiritual opposite of materiality, even the way through Christ, Truth, man will reopen with the key of divine Science the gates of Paradise which human beliefs have closed, and will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free, not needing to consult almanacs for the probabilities either of his life or of the weather, not needing to study brainology to learn how much of a man he is."

Christ Jesus, through spiritual discernment of his divine sonship, completely solved the problem of being. Mrs. Eddy, his faithful follower, plumbed the depths of human experience in the travail of spiritual birth, and through revelation gave to the world scientific rules, which, as they are accepted and practiced in individual experience, lead likewise to the discernment of true being.

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The Beautiful and Real
April 18, 1942

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