An interesting fact — according to Google one growing search trend is the term define spirituality. Spirituality is something people are apparently striving to understand, but it seems ambiguous. A combination of searches, based on the chart to the right, rose by a combined 1300% (see more on Google Trends).
Mary Baker Eddy, born in New Hampshire in 1821, spent her life striving to understand spirituality (not spiritualism) and its practical nature — for helping and healing all of humanity. She discovered that the definition of spirituality is actually not ambiguous.
Eddy’s deep, inspired search began because of her health and found meaning in the Bible. This search led her to the discovery of the divine Science behind the teachings and healing by Christ Jesus and others in the Bible. And the results she gained improved her health. Eddy then healed other people based on what she learned from the Bible, and she also taught others how to heal, too.
Eddy’s discovery of this Christian Science, based on Biblical and spiritual truths, puts it in a unique position to provide a deep and practical meaning of spirituality — providing healing truths proved applicable in any situation, through Spirit’s, God’s, power.
When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.
— I Corininthians 2:13 (NLT)
The Bible — a key resource for the definition of spirituality
The definition of spirituality, as well as insights on spiritual concepts, are given right in the Bible. Wonderful spiritual ideas, and their healing meaning, are found directly in the Master’s teachings — especially the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7). Using the Bible as a key resource is helpful because many characters in the Bible — the Prophets, Jesus, Peter, Mary (the mother of Jesus), Paul, and more. These thinkers all dedicated their lives to understanding God and sharing the spiritual nature of life.
Jesus helped make clear that God is Spirit. Because Jesus is the greatest healer who ever walked the earth, we can trust that this is a fact. Knowing God is Spirit, we can also trust that spirituality is the true basis of all life and being — since God created all, and made man in His image and likeness. [footnote]see Genesis 1:26-27[/footnote]
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
—Ephesians 1:3 (NIV)
Spirit alone defines spirituality and is its source
Through the Christ, that Jesus revealed, we understand our spirituality, our connection to Spirit, as well as the spiritual nature of all being. Christian Science helps us see more specifically that the Christ is God’s true image and likeness, man’s being, — a solid basis from which to live and think. This Christly basis, for men and women, is the essential and eternal power behind the eternal life that Jesus also made clear through his resurrection. The Christ also helps us understand that spirituality isn’t just an alternative way of living, it is the only real substance of Life and all being.
Mary Baker Eddy’s keen insights on the Bible explain the real nature of spirituality as having its direct source from Spirit, God. This unique offering, through Christian Science, helps all of us to discover the provable laws of Spirit. Through these laws we get evidence that spirituality is the only power actually governing our lives. This understanding explains away matter and material/physical/atomic, or mortal, concepts, and decisively puts all power into the hand of God, good.
What does this mean for us? It means we have nothing to fear! God has given us dominion over fear, sin, sickness. What’s more we have power over death, including the dead-end theories that material senses/thinking present — power Jesus told us we could trust. We can have conviction, here and now, that life is fully spiritual and that God’s infinite goodness and eternal, divine power protect our lives.
Jesus said (John viii. 51), “If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.” That statement is not confined to spiritual life, but includes all the phenomena of existence.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 429