SIGNS OF THE NEW BIRTH

Every Christian Science demonstration, wherein healing and regeneration are one, is a step in the new birth. Listen to our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, in her article "The New Birth" from "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 18): "The prominent laws which forward birth in the divine order of Science, are these: 'Thou shalt have no other gods before me;' 'Love thy neighbor as thyself.' These commands of infinite wisdom, translated into the new tongue, their spiritual meaning, signify: Thou shalt love Spirit only, not its opposite, in every God-quality, even in substance; thou shalt recognize thyself as God's spiritual child only, and the true man and true woman, the all-harmonious 'male and female,' as of spiritual origin, God's reflection,—thus as children of one common Parent,—wherein and whereby Father, Mother, and child are the divine Principle and divine idea, even the divine 'Us'—one in good, and good in One." This positive, arresting statement is foundational to spiritual progress. Humility, patience, persistence, are required to ensure obedience to its demands.

To forward the new birth, the spiritual sense of substance should be cultivated and loved. This can be done by understanding that ideas reflect the substance of Truth, Spirit, Mind, and therefore have form, outline, individuality, and identity, and that in a manner appreciable to human sense they replace sin, disease, and death, the objectification of negative material thinking. Through this healing and regenerative process we learn to love the substance of Spirit, thus participating in the new birth.

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