Spiritual Illumination

Christendom accepts the virgin birth as a miracle and offers no other explanation. Christian Science insists that the birth of Jesus illustrated the action of divine law revealing the fatherhood of God. Mary Baker Eddy dissipates one of the great mysteries of the ages in this explanation in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 29): "The illumination of Mary's spiritual sense put to silence material law and its order of generation, and brought forth her child by the revelation of Truth, demonstrating God as the Father of men." The explanation continues, "Jesus was the offspring of Mary's selfconscious communion with God."

Mary's spiritually illumined state of thought, appearing to her as the angel of Annunciation, caused her to exclaim (Luke 1: 46), "My soul doth magnify the Lord." Her spiritual sense had awakened to discern the glory of divinity.

Something wonderful was happening in the world in those days. Human thought was ready for the appearing of Christ, Truth, God's immaculate idea. Piercing the clouds of material-mindedness, the rays of Truth gave tangible evidence of God and the spiritual sonship of man. These rays broke into the consciousness of the pure young Mary, who, perceiving through their light the fatherhood of God, made incarnate His Son, the Messiah, the Saviour of the world.

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"He that sent me is with me"
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