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God's Ideas
CATHERINE BROOKS

 
         Looking back, at times, over the paths we have trodden since beginning the study of Christian Science, we can perceive some of the steps by which we have risen to higher planes and which enable us to get clearer views of the infinite ideas of Mind even though these steps were hard won, and perhaps appeared to be stopping places from which it seemed impossible, at times, to mount higher. Then a line, a sentence, in some of our literature, perhaps; a thought, an inspiration, would dispel the mist, and we would get a glimpse of that which is beyond, encouraging us to renewed effort.

         On page 76 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy says: "The sinless joy, — the perfect harmony and immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a single bodily pleasure or pain, — constitutes the only veritable, indestructible man, whose being is spiritual." Could this be anything but spiritual consciousness, could it bring anything less than freedom, when understood, and is there any other way to gain this "sinless joy" save by earnest endeavor to attain to this state of consciousness?

         More than once the question has arisen as to what God's idea, or the right idea, of man is, and in trying to make this clear to herself as well as to others, a flower or other object was taken by the writer to illustrate. In calling to mind this thought of a flower, it was clearly seen that while a flower always meant just that, — a flower, — yet there were thousands of different types, or expressions, of flower. To one it would bring into thought a rose; to another a lily, perhaps, or a columbine; and so on indefinitely. Take also a tree; to one it would call up a picture of beauty, towering high and graceful, to another the thought of shelter and shade, or of utility perhaps, and food — a fruit tree. The writer knew a man who saw nothing whatever in a tree but what it would bring as lumber — to his sorrow, he admitted; for his god was money, and his business lumber.

         On page 70 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy says, "The divine Mind maintains all identities, from a blade of grass to a star." Then she asks the question, "What are God's identities?" We may well ask how far different from our sense of things might be the true idea of anything as it exists in divine Mind. And how can the true concept ever be learned save by discerning the divine nature through spiritual understanding of what God is, thus learning what God's creation is, including man in His image and likeness. God is unchangeable, eternal, including all that is good; and to learn what God is, unfolds what creation is; and in this unfolding we perceive what man is in his true likeness, — the reflection of God. Until we do know this we cannot have the true concept, but will have as many concepts as there are minds many — in belief. Through earnest striving, diligent searching, and patient waiting for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus, we grow, or rise step-by-step, into that purer atmosphere, that spiritual realm of the real, where we are able to perceive, as did Jesus, divine reality. On page 269 of our textbook is this significant statement: "Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul."

 

"God's Ideas" by Catherine Brooks
Christian Science Sentinel, April 12, 1919


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