A weekly column in which writers discuss Bible passages that appear in the Christian Science Bible Lessons.

GOD'S WORD IS REALITY

THAT ASSERTION may seem strange in today's world. However, it was natural in Biblical times. And its use throughout this week's Christian Science Bible Lesson, titled "Reality," would seem normal, particularly since a major theme in this week's Lesson is the Word of God.

Approximately 2,000 years after Bible texts were written, we find ourselves in a media age. Words and sounds—communication in multiform—surround us: cellphones, iPods, blogs, MySpace. Now an electronic reading device with newspapers and books is available in less than two minutes. As the saying goes, "Talk is cheap" to many, simply because it is so common. Thus a word—whether in a speech or in a promise ("I give you my word")—has become quite ephemeral, unless there's a "bottom line" to make it stand up in court.

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