"A standard for the people"

The signs of the times give us today abundant evidence that rightly directed human thought is looking forward hopefully to much building and rebuilding, not only materially, but spiritually, in the restoration work that lies ahead. Like Abraham, many seekers after Truth are already looking "for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." In Christian Science the nature of these foundations is being revealed and is leading us right back to the nature of God Himself.

The fundamentals of Christian Science are summed up in the following seven synonymous terms for God which are used by Mary Baker Eddy throughout the Christian Science textbook to indicate the nature and allness of Deity. On page 465of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," in the chapter entitled "Recapitulation," she writes, "God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love." This chapter, the author points out, was in the original class book from which she taught her first students, and ever since then it has stood and still stands, established by her in the Manual of The Mother Church as the basis for all class teaching and study in Christian Science, for in it are set forth and elucidated the true fundamentals of being. Six of these terms or synonyms were already used in the Bible in reference to God, but our Leader gave us in Science and Health another synonym for God—Principle—thus making the complete number of synonymous terms seven, a number which is stressed in the Apocalypse.

What Am I Thinking?
April 3, 1943

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