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What is the nature of God?

When I look back on all the public talks I’ve given, classes I’ve taught and patients I’ve prayed for, I’ve noticed that whenever there is confusion or a misperception about Christian Science it almost always has something to do with how we view God. What people commonly think about God is typically not what Christian Science teaches about Him. And some of those traditional beliefs about Him seem to be rather entrenched in thought.

In this blog I’m identifying two very common areas of confusion and misunderstanding. One is thinking God sometimes doesn’t care or won’t help you. The other is thinking that God has to know about your situation on earth in order to help you.

Let’s take the first one first.

Maybe you’ve heard these statements before: “I don’t think God is listening to me.” “God has abandoned me.” “I sure wish He would talk a bit louder.”

All these statements suppose God to be capable of arbitrarily choosing when and who to help. And yet, if you start with the premise that God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient Love, then you realize that our Father is always blessing, loving and giving to us. James spoke about “Every perfect gift” from God having no “variableness or shadow of turning.”

The problem is never God not listening or caring. It is always about us not listening to Him! And what causes that is a worldly or carnal mind-set that tries to influence us to live our lives less focused on spirituality and more towards materiality. That’s what tries to separate us from God. And that’s why we have to “watch and pray!”

Now for the second issue.

God is simply not aware of situations on earth. To many, even some Christian Scientists, that can be a startling statement. “How can God not know my troubles?” “How can He help me if He doesn’t know what I’m going through?”

Well, here’s a great statement from Mary Baker Eddy: “Like a legislative bill that governs millions of mortals whom the legislators know not, the universal law of God has no knowledge of evil, and enters unconsciously the human heart and governs it.”

God’s law of Love blesses, heals and unconditionally loves us but is totally unconscious of our human predicament.

Think about it. If this human condition is a dream we wake up from, why would we want to drag God into our dreams? Speaking for myself, what benefits me most is learning what God really knows about me as His perfect child. I’m here to move closer to Him not for Him to move closer to my problems! The Bible says “God is purer eyes than to behold iniquity”.

Christ Jesus laid great emphasis on our humility, receptivity and childlikeness in growing spiritually. A crowd once asked Jesus to destroy a village for not welcoming them. Jesus responded, “Ye know not what manner of spirit you are of.” It’s like saying, “You guys really don’t know God, do you?”

The more we re-examine our own thoughts about God and look deeply into the New Testament and Eddy’s writings, the greater impact it will have on our spiritual understanding and healing efficacy. And what greater motivation could there be for discovering who God really is?

2 Responses to “What is the nature of God?”

  1. Sue Krevitt says:

    Helpful, Phil; thank you.
    I guess it is challenging for some, and me too, at times, to feel close to a … spiritual Law, as you describe, to God who is divine Principle, as Mary Baker Eddy describes the Supreme Being. He/She is also divine Love, Mind, Spirit, Soul, Life, Truth. We need, as you remind us, to draw closer to God in order to feel His loving care.
    I am trying to learn that I draw closer to divine Love as I am loving, living and reflecting divine Love; closer to Principle as I am honest, law-abiding, consistent, etc; closer to divine Truth as I am truthful….and so on.
    How could I feel close to Spirit if I am allowing downcast, ungrateful, self-centered thought and action to govern me? We ARE the reflections, expressions of God. In truth, we can be none other. Mortal belief would say we can be both, but in fact, this is impossible. How could darkness and light exist simultaneously?

    Workin’ on it!

    Love to you,
    Sue

    • Phil says:

      Thanks Sue. As you pointed out, God is more than a spiritual law. He is infinitely more than a star wars “Force.” He is our Father/Mother. He is our Shepherd. He is Love.
      But this Love is spiritual not material, emotional or human. Mrs. Eddy wrote: “What is the God of a mortal, but a mortal magnified?” We all need to explore what it means that Love is spiritual.