Our coincidence with God

The Scriptures tell us that God is infinite, good, and "without iniquity." Deut. 32:4. We can conclude that He is the creator of all that is good, of perfect, immortal man. Mortal man, on the other hand, "was shapen in iniquity." Ps. 51:5. These facts would rule out the coexistence—and certainly any coincidence—of God with mortality. Yet the Psalmist also says God "pitieth them that fear him" Ps. 103:13. and calls God "a very present help in trouble." Ps. 46:1.

Christian Science helps us understand this apparent contradiction. The theology of Christian Science explains that in truth man is not mortal but immortal. And as people give up believing that they are mortal, through gaining an understanding of and expressing their true, Godlike self, they come to realize that they coincide with God as His man, and that each one is precious to Him.

Moments of turning from pain and sorrow in prayerful expectation of healing, moments of heartfelt repentance of sin, are moments when we accept something of our true nature. And every moment of our new birth or spiritual awakening is a moment when we realize our actual coincidence with God. In this realization of coincidence, divine help is felt, and healing and deliverance transform us.

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Finding stability in a world of change
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