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"SEEING HIM WHO IS INVISIBLE"

From the July 28, 1956 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


Moses, the great Hebrew leader, knew God as the great I AM, the invisible God. This spiritual seeing or understanding was utilized by Moses in many ways, one of which was the deliverance of the children of Israel from bondage to the Egyptians. The writer of Hebrews, referring to this experience of Moses, says (11:27), "By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible."

We are all more or less acquainted with the fact that many things are invisible to the material sense of sight. Television and radio waves are unseen to the human eye, yet we accept the fact that they are present and travel through space. Do we not believe this fact because we are told by the physical scientists that the waves are present and because we see and hear the effects of them on our television and radio sets?

There are many other happenings which are also invisible to the human sense of sight. Human thoughts are not visible, although the effects of them are seen and felt. We are all acquainted with the effects of joyful as well as of fearful thinking, for they are imaged forth on our bodies in expressions of joy or sorrow.

In an article in the Reader's Digest entitled "Can a Scientist Believe in God?" the statement is made: "Scientist are precisely the persons who believe in the unseeable, the essentially undefinable. No scientist has ever seen an electron." From the basis of this invisible electron, a change in human living is being made by the physical scientists. Then is it so extraordinary that Christian Scientist are changing their own and the world's thinking by acknowledging and utilizing the great fact that God is invisible Spirit, divine Mind?

The student of Christian Science becomes conscious of Mind's presence, and he experiences the good effects of spiritualized thought. He can, by contemplating the things of Spirit, become spiritually cognizant of the presence of the invisible God. We are told in the Bible many times that God is invisible. One of these passages is found in I John (4:12): "No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us." God, Spirit, becomes very real to those whose consciousness has been cleared of material thinking, and thus they have glimpsed something of the divine consciousness, Truth and Love.

One of the Beatitudes given by Christ Jesus reads (Matt. 5:8), "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." In a dictionary we find this meaning of the word "see": "To perceive with the mind, ... understand; ... comprehend." Purity of thought, then, is a prime requisite in making our acquaintance with God. Living in obedience to the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount and devoting a period each day to the study of the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, will prepare our thought for effective spiritual unfoldment. This procedure will help us to break through the veil of material sense and become conscious of the presence of divine Love.

Knowing the truth in silent communion with divine Mind, God, we can feel His activity permeating our whole being and giving us health and harmony. This opens our consciousness to the great spiritual fact of the presence of the invisible.

In Science and Health Mrs. Eddy gives us this definition (p. 591): "Man. The compound idea of infinite Spirit; the spiritual image and likeness of God; the full representation of Mind." No mention is made of the physical man or of the material universe, both of which are visible to the human senses. Christian Science teaches that all creation is the manifestation of the one Mind; therefore creation is spiritual. It is a wonderful thought that man is individually God's expression.

A dictionary gives the meaning of the word "compound" as "composed of, or produced by the union of, two or more elements, ingredients, or parts." So we see that man, in Science, is made up of many qualities of God—good, intelligence, wisdom, and so on—and that the real man is also invisible to the human senses.

To the extent that we perceive our own true selfhood as the incorporeal, compound idea of God, good, to that extent we can behold our fellow man in his true selfhood. This right idea of man brings health and harmony to ourselves and to others.

When we work out a problem in mathematics, we cannot see our mental processes or activity, but we do see the results. If our reasoning has been correct, we shall have the correct answer. So it is in Christian Science; if we think and reason correctly from a spiritual basis, the results will be good. The great difference between mathematical activity and spiritual knowing is that only those whose thoughts have been purified by right living can really perceive and use spiritual truth.

The great revelation of Christian Science has been given to us by Mrs. Eddy, who discovered in the King James Version of the Bible the rule of spiritual healing which had cured her of a physical condition caused by an accident and pronounced fatal. In this experience Mrs. Eddy recognized God through spiritual, not material, sense. She has given her revelation to us in full detail so that all may learn to know God as the omnipresent, invisible, loving Father-Mother and to know the real man, individually and collectively, as His image and likeness.

In Romans we read (1:20), "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead." When we see and understand "him who is invisible," our lives are God-governed and God-protected.

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