No abracadabra in Science

I grew up believing that God was sort of a super Santa Claus. If humans prayed to God for something with sincerity, concentration, and the right words, they would get whatever they asked for all the time, I thought. Just as magicians achieved miraculous results by saying "abracadabra," Christians supposedly could get supernatural help by saying the Lord's Prayer. I gradually lost my belief in this concept of God because my prayers brought much less fruition than my annual letter to Santa Claus.

Years later I became convinced through a series of circumstances that there is indeed an Almighty God. First, I was healed instantaneously of a disease through scientific treatment (application of God's spiritual laws of universal health, holiness, and harmony) by a Christian Science practitioner. Then I began to study the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy. The nature of God and my relationship to Him became increasingly clear to me as I read and reread the chapter "Prayer." A new concept of God and man began to dawn. I began to realize that God isn't an arbitrary superbeing shrouded in mystery. He is, rather, the infinite, loving, impartial Principle of all being. His omnipresence and infinitude were revealed to the inspired prophet: "Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?" Jer. 23:23;

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