Spiritualizing Our Consciousness

Morality and spirituality, although related, are not synonymous. Moral qualities lead us to the door of the kingdom of God, but only spiritual-mindedness takes us in and brings the harmony of being into our lives. Morality, however, is essential to spiritualization of consciousness; but we cannot stop there.

To spiritualize our consciousness is the ultimate of Christian effort. Belief, faith, understanding—these are the steps by which this spiritualization is accomplished. In Hebrews we read (11:6), "He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." To believe in God enables us to have faith that as we diligently seek a spiritual understanding of Him and His Christ, we shall have a rewarding experience.

Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 297): "Faith is higher and more spiritual than belief. It is a chrysalis state of human thought, in which spiritual evidence, contradicting the testimony of material sense, begins to appear, and Truth, the ever-present, is becoming understood." Then at the end of the paragraph she adds, "Until belief becomes faith, and faith becomes spiritual understanding, human thought has little relation to the actual or divine."

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