Julio C. Rivas, CS
And so let us come near to God with a true heart full of faith. Our hearts must be made clean from guilty feelings and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold on to the hope we say we have and not be changed. We can trust God that He will do what He promised. Let us help each other to love others and to do good. (NLV, Heb. 10:22-24)
Eddy: “Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth.”
Many ancient and modern religious traditions and rituals impose guilt, fear and self-condemnation. LOVE-GOD annuls them with divine grace. LOVE gives us wisdom, love, strength, guidance and triumph. When our starting premise is our matter-transcending unity with SOUL, then the pursuit of intelligent goals and objectives becomes a joyous and rewarding spiritual journey. Spiritual enlightenment, which emanates from MIND-GOD, prods us to express more of our magnificent SOUL-fueled attributes. The repercussions are success in our ventures and we are also able to help others reach their thoughtful goals.
For the word of the cross is folly to them that perish; but to them that be made safe, that is to say, to us, it is the virtue of God. (WYC, I Cor. 1:18)
Eddy: “The belief that man has existence separate from God is a dying error. This error Jesus met with divine Science and proved its nothingness.” And, “We must have trials and self-denials, as well as joys and victories, until all error is destroyed.”
SOUL-SPIRIT is giving us its cascading spiritual riches. Our incorporeal self is constituted of SPIRIT’s own limitless substance and life-energy. These spiritual facts overcome setbacks, obstructions, attacks, injustice and failures. While we often think of the “cross” as terrible experiences, it also symbolizes how during trying times we can become more connected to the love, intelligence and resources of SPIRIT-GOD. We can cast off ingrained, failed and unproductive attitudes and replace them with spiritually enlightened ones. We can abandon a limited, mortal outlook on life and grab onto overflowing, immortal LIFE-GOD. Every time we supplant sclerotic, matter-trapped, obstinate beliefs with MIND-drawn intelligence and ingenuity we generate more love, health,