Weighing the Human with the Divine

It is not uncommon for workers in Christian Science to hear the comment, "You would not be able to help me because you have never had an experience like mine." Recently a friend of the writer was perturbed because a mother had said to her, "You would not understand because you have never had any children."

At first, the would-be helper was tempted to believe that her usefulness could be limited. However, there soon came a strengthened conviction that Truths healing power did not depend upon the human experience of anyone, but upon the divine power, revealed in the understanding of the inseparable relationship of God and man, His perfect image and likeness.

Is it necessary, or even helpful, to have shared similar experiences in order to be able to help others? Is our understanding of God and man strengthened by a subtle human sympathy with the false beliefs of others? If this were true, Christ Jesus would have been handicapped in his healing mission. Jesus healed through his understanding and expression of divine Love. His great love for mankind enabled him to endure even the cross in order to prove that life is eternal. However, he did not make a reality of evil for a single second by entering into a mesmeric state of sympathy with error. His clear perception of Truth separated man from the error and healed the one who seemed to be in need.

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What God Purposes
January 30, 1965

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