Some people think that one of the books that I love, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, is outdated and useless because it was written by a New England woman who lived in the late 19th Century.
When I read Science and Health with an open heart today, I became so grateful. The words she wrote showed me how to lead more of a God-centered life in genuine and practical ways.
I read and reread this paragraph:
Through spiritual sense you can discern the heart of divinity, and thus begin to comprehend in Science the generic term man. Man is not absorbed in Deity, and man cannot lose his individuality, for he reflects eternal Life; nor is he an isolated, solitary idea, for he represents infinite Mind, the sum of all substance.
(Science and Health, 258:31)
I’m not sure I completely understand this whole paragraph yet, but the phrase that caught my eye was, “Through spiritual sense you can discern the heart of divinity.”
You see, I was focusing on trying to make myself understand God and His creation by studying excessively. And when I say excessively, I really mean EXCESSIVELY. However, this phrase did two things for me. 1. It told me that it was spiritual sense, not material sense or material learning, which helps us discern the heart of divinity. And 2. it reassured me that God is a loving supportive God — you know one that has a heart. God did not make me to suffer through life trying to figure things out. He didn’t make me isolated or solitary. In other words, I’m not working alone or on my own.
This was encouraging and put my human yearning and striving to rest, and gave me a quiet humble prayerful attitude that brought the peace I was seeking. If a book can help like this, even though it was written over 100 years ago, it’s worth my attention.