When reading the Gospels with fresh eyes I see that Christianity, as Jesus taught it, is very simple. So simple it may at first seem abstract. But Jesus wasn’t simplistic, nor vague. He was specific and told us to love God and our neighbors, and to heal the sick. The sweet simplicity of his teachings goes far beyond the creeds of men. Jesus’ teachings are deep inspirations from God. And more than that, his healing work and teachings illustrate God, the divine Principle, Love, is the sustaining power of good, whose law operates on our behalf to help and heal us.
The inspired Word of the Bible vs. creeds
The Bible is not prescribed theology nor human beliefs about God. No, the Bible is an in-depth, inspired study of how God’s laws of goodness sustained and blessed people. It’s lessons are eternal. Jesus showed us that God’s Word healed and saved because the Word is God’s law of eternal harmony—from Genesis to Revelation.
The divine Spirit, which identified Jesus thus centuries ago, has spoken through the inspired Word and will speak through it in every age and clime. It is revealed to the receptive heart, and is again seen casting out evil and healing the sick.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.46
Opening yourself to what God knows
I find the Bible shows me that God’s goodness isn’t limited. The Bible reveals that understanding God is a sweet unfolding experience. And Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy unlocks the scriptures and makes their infinite treasures practical to your health. Science and Health shows me daily that by understanding God’s goodness, sickness, sin, even death lose their power. This divine power is too big for human creeds whose limited, material scope can’t comprehend God, Spirit. Jesus constantly shot down the failing creeds and theological opinions of the Pharisees through his healing proofs that God is infinite Love. This showed that doctrinal creeds couldn’t and can’t confine the healing Christ — divine power — to human personality, material forms, nor theological opinions.
And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. … But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.
—Ps. 73:11, 12, 28
Understanding versus belief
Through understanding we gain new perspectives, and what we know gets refined. And by aligning ourselves with God’s understanding Truth is revealed. God’s intelligence naturally removes every error from thought. Creeds can’t do this for us — they’re limited by their own materially bound models and concepts. Understanding, on the other hand, is spiritual — it’s derived and supplied by God, Spirit. God, divine Love, speaks to our hearts and naturally brings our thoughts into alignment with divine wisdom. It’s God’s understanding enfolding and uplifting us. And through our prayers and divinely led actions, we’re constantly uplifted to better views of God’s perfect design.
God is Love. Can we ask Him to be more? God is intelligence. Can we inform the infinite Mind of anything He does not already comprehend?
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.2