Home and Heaven

A Requirement for the foundation of a right sense of home is willingness to serve others. Such willingness springs from a deep and sincere interest in humanity, a love for one's neighbor, which is the correlative of love for God. Some of the qualities that nurture this willingness to serve are unselfed love, compassion, patience, kindness, tolerance, and understanding. When we make the effort to demonstrate these qualities, we begin to establish a mental home which includes peace, comfort, joy, and an abundance of good.

In her definition of Jerusalem in the Glossary in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy couples the words "home" and "heaven." Heaven she defines thus (p. 587): "Harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul." Surely this last definition embodies all that mankind hope for in their highest dreams of home. In its spiritual meaning home is no less than heaven, the kingdom of God. This understanding of home is normal to our true manhood, and we can begin to realize and demonstrate it in the present hour.

By affirming truth and denying error, we maintain the atmosphere of Soul in our mental households. We deny the belief that man is mortal or lives materially. We affirm that God is Spirit, perfect and all-inclusive Mind, and that man in His image is spiritual, reflecting the perfection of his Maker and living in His ever-presence. The Apostle Paul says (Acts 17:28), "In him we live, and move, and have our being."

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