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Up until I found Christian Science, I had been afraid all my life. Afraid of falling, of failing and rejection, of bridges and tunnels, of being violently attacked, of pain and disease, of speaking in front of audiences . . . and on and on. Things started to change when, as a young mom, I took up the study of Christian Science. It guided me into studying the Bible—something I’d never done before. As time went by, I became familiar with this passage: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear” (I John 4:18). Cast out fear? How could love do that? I didn’t understand, but the verse caught my attention.
Along with the Bible, I began studying the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. This book helped me understand what the Bible teaches. The very first sentence I read from the book was “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need” (p. 494). The statement brought tears to my eyes, because I really needed to feel a deeper sense of love. There was a promise in this that was very comforting. And I began to understand, as the Bible teaches, that “God is love” (I John 4:16). In line with that, Mrs. Eddy identifies Love as a synonym for God.
About the author
Marge Griffin lives in Westwood, Massachusetts, and is a tour guide for The Mother Church.