Finding ourselves in God

So much is to be gained through finding the true, accurate, sense of ourselves. In doing so, we lose a fictitious, invalid view of our identity—a view that we may have been educated to accept without question yet is nonetheless false. Christ Jesus, who early on selflessly committed to being about God’s business, said, “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 10:39). 

In all eras, freedom from a mistaken sense of self has been a worthy goal of mankind. Physicist Albert Einstein provided the world with some astonishingly astute observations, and for me this one may well be at the top of the list: “The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self.”

What is an initial step toward “liberation from the self”? It is to begin with what actually is true about our spiritual identity. Christian Science teaches that in our oneness with God we find the entirety of our identity as the expression of God alone. The Bible affirms our oneness with God (see, for example, Ephesians 4:6), and Christian Science expounds on this by teaching that we blossom and thrive as God’s expression. “All real being represents God, and is in Him,” explains Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, in a pamphlet titled No and Yes (p. 26). Later in the same paragraph she adds, “Man’s real ego, or selfhood, is goodness.”

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