A knowable God

“Thou art my God”! (Psalms 143:10). Reading this one day, I was startled by the depth of meaning that leaped out from the Bible. I had probably read it dozens of times in my life and been inspired and comforted by it. I had certainly believed and accepted it. Yet, this time was different. At that moment, I knew God as my God, the ever-present, all-powerful creator of the universe, and hence my creator, who loves me, tenderly cares for me, and knows who I am! It was a closeness to Him that included eternal existence, perfect health, and complete peace. It was as though a curtain had been pulled aside, providing a momentary glimpse of that heavenly state about which John speaks in Revelation where he describes his vision of a new heaven and a new earth. 

In Christian Science, we learn to give expression to this feeling of God’s presence through language that is given or implied in the Bible and affirmed in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. In particular, Mrs. Eddy refers to God as “Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love” (Science and Health, p. 587). God, then, is not a mysterious, unknowable, distant Being, but identifiable and knowable and always at hand. Getting to know God through these synonyms for Him brings to light what the divine presence means to us. We see Principle manifested in divine law; Mind in loving intelligence and wisdom; Life in eternal existence and activity, unbound by material limitations; and so forth. 

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