2/20: Defining God

2/20: Defining God

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  1. Thank you Mary for this thought-provoking Lift. Defining God is the demonstration of spirit over matter, truth over error, good over evil, and life over death. Since God is good, all good is of God. This is demonstrated in the allness of spiritual consciousness. It is through the study of Christian Science that God, and the spiritual laws governing the universe, are revealed to us. Thank you again.

  2. Thank you Mary for this thought provoking Lift ♥
    I was reading Hy 85, one of my favourites.A common turn of phrase is to be on a path of learning.
    Hy 85's last lines are, "On the path that has no turning,
    Patience, courage, meekness lesrning"
    Sometimes we wonder what else there is to know, but patience brings its own reward and Mind, the still small voice, is revealed.
    I guess there is a whole Heaven's worth of knowing to be known!

  3. Thank you Mary

  4. Yes, Marie, the more we apply what we know about God and God´s love, the more it grows in our hearts. Thank you for this lovely message this morning! Blessings and much love to all.

  5. I like this very much. Having taught maths I can totally relate to it. Thank you very much.

  6. Thank you, Mary, for “Defining God …”

    At one time, I realized that if I’m going to really obey the first commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me;” then, I’d better get to know this “me.” There are so many definitions of God in the world, some of which I’ve found hard to and just won’t give my allegiance to. Long story short, I love the God defined in and proved through Christian Science.

    In all good conscience, I can give my allegiance to a God that is all-Good and Love-itself!!! by living the qualities of character that represent this “me,” in whose image and likeness we’ve all been created. Mrs. Eddy defines God in many ways. The more I get to know God, the more I want to get to know God, as the “bigger and better” God becomes to me!

    To accept God as, above all, the “sustaining infinite,” makes everyday life a grand, spiritual adventure in which being continuously blessed is the norm! Why would I want any other god? I thank God for being the “only powers that be,” as I "pray ... and let [my life] attest [my] sincerity" (S&H 15).

  7. Thank you for a wonderful lift...by enlarging our concepts of what constitutes God,our human capacities are elevated and enlarged...I go back so often to little remarks that people lovingly shared with me when I first learned about ChristianScience ..things like: God,Good,guides,guards and governs...there is no spot where God is not...everything everywhere is already alright...God...here,there, everywhere etc....maybe other lifters will add their own treasures...I'll be checking in later to see..Thank you, again for a beautiful lift..

  8. Thank you Mary,
    I'll email your Lift to my neighbour.

  9. Thank you for this lovely Lift!

  10. Mary, Thank you.

  11. Beautiful stuff, Mary! Thank you

  12. As with the laws of math, I often think that God's laws can be applied to in court, too. As a lawyer, I often ask, "is this law in accord with God's law?" If it doesn't seem to be, then there is always a Bible verse, I can throw in, thanks to Concord, that will help the Judge toward a harmonious conclusion.

  13. Hard to define God, If I am to do it I will call Him/Her:

    Holy-Immortal-Father-Mother-Love, Sovereign-above-all.

    I’ll add the 7 synonyms that MBE taught us and God’s loving nature becomes part of our own being.

    We must feel and apply the nature and practical possibilities of divine Love.

    Christianity is what Christ Jesus taught and demonstrated, accepting this as fact we all can demonstrate health and holiness.

    Es difícil definir a Dios, si yo lo hiciera lo llamaría:

    El Santo-Padre-Madre-Amor-Inmortal, Soberano-sobre-todo.

    Le agregaría los 7 sinónimos que nos enseñó MBE y la amorosa naturaleza de Dios se hace parte de nuestro propio ser.

    Debemos sentir y aplicar la naturaleza y posibilidades prácticas del Amor divino.

    La Cristianidad es lo que Cristo Jesús enseñó y demostró, aceptando esto como un hecho podemos demostrar salud y santidad.

  14. Dear 7. grateful CS student,N.Y.,

    Thanks. "Let go and let God." ;-)

  15. Many thanks Mary for this inspiring lift. Yes. "The possibilities of divine Love are endless. Everyone can demonstrate health and holiness." "For sin destroyed, for sorrow healed,/ For health and peace restored;/ For Life and Love by Truth revealed,/ We thank and bless the Lord." (Christian Science Hymnal #342).

  16. Thank you Mary. Since "coming" into Christian Science I have often wondered what it must have felt like to be brought up really believing in God, we never went to church and we had no Bible, but for all that, when life was hard (as it was for many, many people) our mother would say "Don't worry we'll get through.. then she'd add "God's good" and I had no idea what she was talking about! Over the years of studying Ch. Sc. it has occurred to me that she was a natural Christian scientist, and taught us all things that were sincere and genuine. The last thing she said to me before she died was "One thing I have learned is that worry never does any good" and being a caring person she'd worried about things that weren't right in the world. Now I can see that right to the end TRUTH was guiding her thoughts, and lifting her above all mortal strife - as only LOVE can!
    Thank you Mrs Eddy for sharing Truth with the world, much love to ALL wherever you are! June U.K

  17. THankyou dear Mary,
    Great practical analogy..looking forward to seeing you soon.
    Pam G

  18. Thank you Mary for this Lift. Yes, it is good to know that as numbers are part of Math and express it, we also express God at all moments. It's not necessary to make an effort to express Him but only recognize it.

  19. Mary, where were you when I went to school? Maths - or sums - for me was a very painful and punishing part of every day that guaranteed to cast a pall on everything that followed. I was led to understand that "girls were no good at maths." "Some people can spell, and some people can do sums." But later when I returned to Christian Science as an adult I found I could quite easily add, subtract and divide, and as Mrs Eddy did, I was able to manage my own financial investments without help from a man or an accountant. I love that the Truth taught by Mary Baker Eddy is termed "Science" and can be demonstrated over and over again, with a perfect outcome for all.
    Thank you Nate and the unselfed dedication of the Daily Lift team; The Mother Church; and the always compassionate and generous Daily Lift family.

  20. Domo Arigato Gozaimasu

  21. Thank you for this very inspiring Lift.it gives us a lot to think about. Thank you.

  22. To #7, grateful CS student, NY, one of my favorites, God is. And from a bumper sticker I saw many years ago, God said it, I believe it, that settles it. Many thanks Mary for this lovely, love filled lift. And much gratitude to all the hands, thoughts and voices that produce and present these Daily Lifts for the world.

  23. Thank you.

  24. Thanks so much. What a blessing to begin the day filled with love, gratitude, humility, and ready to demonstrate all that our Father, God, is!

  25. Thank you for this lovely Lift and for all the inspired comments. The more we let go of a personal, finite sense of good, defined by human identification and planning, which would impose itself on us and call itself our thought, the more we see God's infinite goodness coming into focus as one grand and glorious whole including us all and blessing us all and forever defined by limitless Love and Life.

    For #7's treasure box I would like to add:

    "There is no discordant past, no clouded present and no dreaded future."

    Quoted in Love's Eternal Now by Edward C Butler September 18, 1909 Christian Science Sentinel

    And Heed Not!

    When mortal mind is talking, and lifts its hydra head,
    We do not have to listen, for nothing's being said.

    by R. Lee Newton January 28, 1950 Christian Science Sentinel

  26. An equation for Oneness . . . . God is
    I am . . . .therefore
    We are
    Thank you for the analogy reaffirming that individual God Consciousness equals love and peace and is spiritual law just as one and one equals two and is mathematical law.

  27. Thank you from me, too, for this lovely lift, and for all the inspiring comments. I love what JD in Texas (22) shared:- "God said it, I believe it, that settles it". That is such a freeing thought..This week's Lesson Sermon brings out the fact that we must let God handle all our problems, because He does it in such a way that it works out, just like a mathematical sum, correctly. The divine Principle of all things never makes mistakes. We are all the children of His care and inseparable from Him.

  28. What a wonderful Lift.Thank you Mary.We are just beginning to learn and the more we apply God's gifts that are given to us,the more we grow spiritually and the more we can help others in their spiritual growth.Maths does add up.

  29. Thank you, Mary, Daily Lift Team, and Lifters for another inspiring gift! And along with No. 7, I ponder and share the 4 l's of our being with the grandchildren and others: God is Love and as His/Her reflection, you and all creation are loved, loving, lovable, lovely! How blessed for the gift of Christian Science, which unlocks "the treasures of Truth" (S&H 70:4-5).

  30. Es fácil definir a Dios, es inmarcesible, intachable, inconmesurable, esta donde está el Amor, y en ningun otro lugar, porque es Amor. y el que ama está allí también, y lo conoce, y puede transitar el mismo camino, independientemente de otras apreciasiones, las humanas.

    Muchas gracias por el mensaje, Mary

  31. For years, I simply avoided the word God. I thought if much of the world thinks of God as a mighty power with a human-like will, why would I use that term at all? How could I call my budding sense of infinite good … a Him.. or a Her? Wouldn’t it be like saying “Math, he is good”?

    But the limited use of the word God, was just a period of clarification. I am reminded of a humorous sign “I wanted to be an engineer, and now I ARE one”. Here is the funny part. We may think that we are defining God, but ...it turns out that God defines us!

    Thank you, Mary for a great clarity.

  32. Such clarity is appreciated Mary. Thank YOU.

  33. Thank you so much.ellen

  34. So precious. Thank you ever so for your wonderful insight.

  35. Loved the lift! And just like in math, you can apply addition, subtraction and multiplication successfully without understanding Calculus or algebra when beginning on the path of mathematics.. Just so in the path of the Science of Christ Jesus, The simplest truth can heal effectively without knowing the "all of it".
    One of my favorites taught to me to use in school was- "I know what I need to know, when I need to know it, and I know it now. ". Infinite Mind(God). Lol this weeks lesson :0)

  36. Thank you, Mary! I thought of how God defined Himself to Moses as "I AM". Then I realized that Mrs. Eddy defines God as: "The Great I Am........" Christian Science explains "I Am" as "Infinite Mind and It's Infinite Manifestation". Since God is Mind and knows only It's own thoughts - all of Mankind and the Universe are God's ideas, constantly defining Him/Her! "Principle and it's idea is One." Beautiful ideas to ponder and define this a.m. Love all the comments so far!

  37. Thank you!

  38. Yes,"I yet shall know as I am known." Guaranteed! Thanks, Mary, for such practical application of infinite Love loving us infinitely, so we can do the same.

  39. This made my day!! I will carry this with me through out my week.

  40. Thank you Mary and all Lifters for your comments. I need this focus today, cause I don't feel with it. I also appreciate #22 JD in Texas. That quote is going on my wall so I can see first thing in the a.m. as I'm getting ready for my day.

  41. I really appreciated being reminded that I must "apply" what I am learning about God. I think one thing that happens when we do apply even our limited knowledge of God, is that our thought is stirred up, and we recognize things in thought habits that need changing. Then, speaking for myself, it's time to again "apply" what I've learned in order to bring about constructive change. I like what Mary Baker Eddy wrote, expanding on a Bible verse:

    "Blessed is the man that endureth [overcometh] temptation: for when he is tried, [proved faithful], he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him."
    (James 1: 12.)

    That is from her major book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 267.

  42. MBE in book S&H, she gives 7 definitions for God making the #7 a symbol of completeness. They are; MIND - The only Mind existing & man as a product of that Mind. SPIRIT - What makes us buoyant, exiting to be with. SOUL - Identity which defines our existence. PRINCIPLE - Rules & Laws that blesses us. LIFE - Never born & never dying, reflecting God's immortal nature. TRUTH - Man, the image & likeness of God. LOVE - Last of all, all encompassing, never hateful, never condemning, pure goodness, gentleness, Love.

  43. This is a "wake-up" call for us! We must demonstrate and use our qualities from God to understand God more! Thank you!

  44. Thank you, Mary Beattie, for this thought-broadening Lift. Maths was always my poorest subject in school, and some aspects of it are still an anathema to me, but more recently I have been striving to see that no part of the divine consciousness is beyond our understanding if we have a need for it, and that every single component part of God's creation helps form a single harmonious whole, with no misunderstanding or conflict possible.

    And for No 7's 'treasure chest', here's one of my favourites: We are not in the midst of error, trying to get out of it, but in the midst of good, seeing more of it. (This is from an article by Ralph W. Cessna in the Sentinel of 6 June 1964, "In the midst of good", which I found most helpful right when it first appeared, and it has remained helpful ever since.)

  45. Thank you Mary! What a wonderful example to understand God as Principle, likening our understanding to math and higher levels of math.

    "The everlasting I AM is not bounded nor compressed within the narrow limits of physical humanity, nor can He be understood aright through mortal concepts. The precise form of God must be of small importance in comparison with the sublime question, What is infinite Mind or divine Love? " (SH pg 256)

    So true #31, "God defines us!" While we increase our understanding of God through demonstration and expand our awarness, we also find ourselves -- discover who we really are -- created in the image and likeness of God.

  46. "Defining God" is an infinite process that we continually pursue. I have a lovely quote from "CHRISTMAS PRESENCE" by Chet Manchester (Journal, December 2012): "As we cherish Jesus' life story ... it's deeply healing to affirm that everything Jesus did on earth, the Christ, God's eternal Son, continues to do for us individually and collectively: heal us when we're sick, feed and clothe us, cleanse our inmost thoughts and motives, call us to our mission in life, shepherd us when we're lost, support us when we're wavering, love us unconditionally, lift us up when we're sinking." How comforting to know that defining God is defining ourselves created in His image and likeness. Thanks so much, Mary, for your inspiring lift to my day!

  47. What great nourishment from our Daily Lift (our daily bread). So much gratitude for each and every contributor to this wonderful gift to mankind. Praise the Mind, God that so lovingly guides and governs our being. Thank you so much for these loving thoughts that always bring healing.

  48. What a very practical analogy - loving the possibilities of mathematics, and learning and loving the possibilities of God. I recently taught a young girl to overcome her mental block preventing her from learning algebra. Now she needs the same lesson to love to learn about God. Thank you so much
    for this simple but wonderful analogy.

  49. Thank you Mary!

  50. to grateful CS student, NY.
    Thank-you for that and Marys Lift is so inspired!
    maybe this one' that'GOD IS CLOSER RIGHT NOW to you than your' fingers or your toes -even your breath...

  51. Thank you very much Mary! I experienced few days ago and still now a deeper sense of God. It's like my eyes were opened wider. I have always to do the next step even it seems hard humanly. In reality, there's no hard step to do. I'm surrounded by Love. So, all is possible. When I just accept not stopping to walk the way, I certainly get fruit. And it's exactly what I felt. I'm absolutely enthusiastic about living God deeper. I can express Love to others in better ways. It's wonderful! Thank you!

  52. God measures time by the goodness that unfolds.
    God cannot behold evil.

  53. Thank you for this valuable lift today!

  54. My cup continues to overflow. Thank you Mary and all you "lifters"-lofters. Mrs Eddy asks, is the power in the lever? Is the intelligence in the numbers? Truly and gloriously God defines us and all things of God.
    All-in-all is a wonderful stating point to gather the motives for our acts.

    Daily Lift Team:
    From Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 485, line 30:
    "To say that strength is in matter, is like saying that the power is in the lever.
    The notion of any life or intelligence in matter is without foundation in fact, and you
    can have no faith in falsehood when you have learned falsehood's true nature."

  55. Oh this is such a fun Daily Lift today, thank you. I love 'God is nearer than the air you breathe', and one of my favourites is
    " One with God is the majority..."
    Thank you to the BoL,Mary and the Lifters who make this so special.

  56. Following some truly inspiring testimonies of healing and protection shared last night at our church Wednesday evening service, I have such a clear sense of the allness of God. He/She is All, the only doer, speaker, mover and shaker of All that is good, pure and harmonious. And we are simply witnesses of all that loving power and presence that IS God. Praise God! Thank you, Mary, for this clear and lovely DL, and to fellow Lifters for such spot-on and marvelously helpful, inspiring comments.

  57. Many thanks for this outstanding lift. I love all the phrases that help us to remember who we REALLY are. Especially grateful to #42, Tobias, with the brief explanations of each of God's qualities. That was very helpful to me. Love to all. Victoria

  58. Thoughtful, clear and helpful analogy about understanding/applying mathematical principles and learning/knowing/experiencing God as Divine Loving Principle, the only true/real substance of our daily life. Thank-you, Mary for your super Lift --- much appreciated!

  59. Thank you Mary for your inspiring lift and then thank you following lifters for the continuing unfoldment of inspired thoughts of joy and humor and loving support that this Daily Lift is growing daily broader and deeper into. I so needed this support today and I am grateful to all of you and to God for our shared participation in learning Love's way.

  60. Love the MATH as an analogy...
    Perfect arithmetic PERFECT Man.

  61. MANY THANKS to # 44 for the Sentinel article link. Excellent! Have shared.

  62. Thank you for this wonderful lift, Mary.I am beginning to see that my mortal reaction to life falls short and has nothing to do with spiritual life. Feeling God's love and acting on it is so exciting. I have always stopped myself from doing this fully. Thank you commenters, whose words have revealed to me more about the nature of God. I have pasted many on a word page!

  63. Thank you dear Mary,
    your message of defining God and the vastness of that work, somehow gave me that feeling of "wide open spaces" mentioned in Ps 104: 5

  64. Dear Mary, this is great and so important. I noticed that when talking to people of other religions and trying to explain Christian Science, I have to start with the definition of God as understood in Christian Science. Because this is the basis for the entire teaching. Once this is understood, then Eddy's teaching is accepted more easily. Because normally other religions have such a different concept of God, like knowing evil, punishing and making differences between people. But a God that is LOVE, completely, entirely and exclusively - well, this tells kind of the entire story already.
    I loved all the wonderful and loving comments by everyone.
    For # 7- one of my very favorite thoughts is the first verse of hymn 53: Everlasting arms of Love are beneath, around, above; God it is who bears us on, his the arm we lean upon.
    Or this one from another hymn: Love's work and love must fit ! Amen :-)

  65. Thank you for this very special lift.

  66. Dear beautiful Mary,

    Many thanks for the lovely reminders you have given us in your message for to-day. It was the logic of Christian Science teachings such as we get in maths, that made it attractive to me when it first came to my notice.

    A reminder about immortality is timely for me right now, and I thank you for that.

  67. What a glorious subject!

    While teaching Christian Science at our local juvenile detention center, I would often expand the teens idea of God. After praying, I would try to "hit the spot." One way that came to me was to ask the teen to focus on where we were, then go out of the building to his neighborhood, then to all of the city, then state, then country, world and finally into the universe. I would ask them to see all that space and more, in fact all, filled with divine Love, the Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, the divine Comforter. It always resulted in a wonderful response. Then I would bring them right back to where we were sitting and have them feel this divine omnipresence.

  68. Thank you for opening our thought, Mary!

  69. So helpful. Thank you.

  70. Loved this idea! Thanks so much, dear Mary.

  71. Isn't it amazing that one man's MAGIC is another man's MISERY! some do maths EASILY, others get
    tangled up in confusion....mortal mind is never successful;MIND is constant SUCCESS! Think of how
    early mathematicians laid down all the laws we follow in maths today;they were our mentors! Einstein
    became more of a philosopher than a mathematician..he went right through the upper end of mathema-
    tics and could understand metaphysics easily..admired MBE' thought and contribution to Society and
    Man in general. so, learn the number facts and just press on..it can only get EASIER and make MORE
    sense,,Algebra is only numbers but uses letters. GOD gives all ABILITY! ACCOUNTABILITY!

  72. Mary, very practical analogy drawing our attention to spiritual growth as similar to progress in learning mathematics. I am so grateful to say that spiritual growth has been so much easier and more fun than learning geometry! Thanks.

  73. Mary,

    Thank you very much for this interesting, thought-provoking presentation. I never had calculus. I would really enjoy learning more from you about understanding God and his omnipotent presence.

  74. Thank you so much for the helpful lift, Mary.

  75. What a lovely Lift. The wisdom of the Lift, and the insightful comments, give me great inspiration. I was touched by number seven who has a wonderful journey unfolding. For him, I would like to add another word.. God guides, guards, governs and ILLUMINES the way.How joyful it is to live in the illumination of God's Love.