How Close Is God?

God is right here. He is also over there. He is above, beneath, and around—an all-pervading, intelligent, loving presence. When seen through the lens of Christian Science, God is recognized as Being itself. Speaking of Him with deep insight and inspiration, Mrs. Eddy writes: "He sustains my individuality. Nay, more—He is my individuality and my Life. Because He lives, I live. He heals all my ills, destroys my iniquities, deprives death of its sting, and robs the grave of its victory." Unity of Good, p. 48;

If, then, one should ask, "How close is God?" the answer would be, "As close as life itself, for He is Life—living Being; as close as consciousness, for He is all real consciousness—the only Mind, or Ego, of man and the universe." Paul's words describe the situation clearly: "For in him we live, and move, and have our being." Acts 17:23;

Just think of it. At this moment we actually live in God! Because of this we must be one with Him in substance and action. We are His thoughts, or ideas, the spiritual activity by which He expresses His perfect, harmonious nature. This is the deep, practical metaphysical fact underlying Christ Jesus' words, "I and my Father are one" John 10:30; and "I am in the Father, and the Father in me." 14:11;

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