A God-impelled redefinition of our lives
We live in a fertile time of redefinition as we are being compelled to rethink large, even universal, questions on a global scale. “What is truth?” is being asked because of the proliferation of disinformation, political gamesmanship, and uncertainty regarding who and what can be trusted. Ongoing concerns related to COVID-19 and its variants prompt the question “What ultimately brings about and maintains health?” And for so many, the pandemic has changed so much of how we live, work, go to school, travel, and maintain social connections. It has also highlighted inequities. So we may also be asking ourselves, “What really matters in life?” There is a growing hunger for something higher and more secure than can be delivered by a rearrangement of human policies and material, biological, and psychological beliefs.
Looking for answers from a different perspective has prompted many to explore spiritual precepts and how they can lead to transformative solutions. And many have found that the starting point for finding solutions is our concept and understanding of God. Is our view of God either that there is no such higher power or that God is a mysterious super-human who periodically doles out favors? Or do we perceive God as the one creator of all, who is infinite Love, Life, and Truth as explained in Christian Science?
Mary Baker Eddy, a deep spiritual thinker and reformer, and the Discoverer of Christian Science, understood that our ideas of divinity shape our lives. She wrote: “A mortal, corporeal, or finite conception of God cannot embrace the glories of limitless, incorporeal Life and Love. Hence the unsatisfied human craving for something better, higher, holier, than is afforded by a material belief in a physical God and man” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 258). Just as a finite view of God can lead to the acceptance of limited circumstances and a craving for something more, a spiritual perception of God as infinite good opens our eyes to unlimited, genuinely good possibilities. In proportion as we accept the omnipotence of God as the source of all that is good and enduring, we awake to see good in our lives and in the world around us. It is this understanding of the living God—and of our relation to Deity as God’s children, made in God’s image and likeness—that brings about healing solutions.
Improved views of God jump-start a shift in thought, resulting in spiritual transformation, which awakens in us what is of God.
Christ Jesus was able to heal and redeem on an unprecedented scale. He understood our inseparable relation to God, and that God is “universal, eternal, divine Love, which changeth not and causeth no evil, disease, nor death” (Science and Health, p. 140). Jesus healed by lifting others’ thought to see and experience a greater view of God as eternal, divine Love, and of man (a generic term that includes the true identity of each individual) as spiritual. This elevated view of God and man healed in Jesus’ time and heals now. Even a glimpse of this spiritual identity can stir up hope and bring healing, despite what the human condition may appear to be.
Our thinking governs our experience, which is best influenced by our highest ideals, derived from God. As we understand more of God’s goodness in our lives, our ideals become more spiritual, wiser, more just and noble. This improves the character and health of both individuals and institutions. Improved views of God—from changeable, anthropomorphic, and detached, or even nonexistent, to universal, consistently good, all-inclusive, and ever-present—are revolutionary. They jump-start a shift in thought, resulting in spiritual transformation, which awakens in us what is of God. That improved understanding of God eradicates the normalization of disease and of all that is evil, material, and destructive.
In the swirl that’s upending much of what’s familiar, there is a compelling opportunity to lift up a new model of humanity—which redefines us not as material or vulnerable but as spiritual, fearless, and grounded in the solid reality of the permanence of God, good. Embracing our relation to the Divine keeps us discovering more profoundly what it means to be spiritual, and there is no turning back to what we’ve outgrown.
This revolutionary redefining of one’s life is illustrated in healings in this magazine. Through reaching for something higher than material systems and beliefs, individuals were freed from injuries resulting from an accident, symptoms of pneumonia, and inflamed hands. In “Freedom from pneumonia symptoms” the author explains how she held to the recognition that her being was “anchored solely in divine Principle, Love,” and trusted that she could “see this rule of normalcy, health, and healing demonstrated.” And it was!
In a time that’s ripe for spiritual growth and possibilities, our health, identity, stability, and values can increasingly take root in an improved and more expansive view of God. Opening up to this view can bring about a revolutionary redefinition of our individual lives as well as of society as a whole. It can make all things new.
Kim Crooks Korinek, Guest Editorial Writer