The importance of knowing God

A correct understanding of God in some degree is essential to any Christian Science healing. Without a true concept of Deity as divine Love, the All-in-all, the would-be healer might be overwhelmed by the weight of materiel evidence of disease, lack, or sin. Only the deep conviction of what God is, of His nature as omnipotent good, enables one to maintain his stand against the aggressive opposition and fears of the carnal mind—against whatever would deny God's all-power. A corollary of this vital understanding, and following logically upon it, is our ability to deny the authenticity of any mind opposed to God, since God is the one intelligence. Through this understanding, we reject whatever is unlike good and destroy it. "It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle," writes the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, "which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony." Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 390.

By healing desperate and longstanding diseases and infirmities, Christ Jesus constantly demonstrated the power that comes from a clear consciousness of what God is and does. He declared, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." John 5:30.

The spiritual strength of the individual
April 14, 1986

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