There are essential truths about God that man must live by to be God’s spiritual creation. But before we get into these truths, I must clarify some things. I use the phrase God is my rock; this is not to say that God is a solid substance, a piece of shale or limestone, or mountain. God is not physical. God is not substance in the physical sense; only in the metaphysical, metaphorical sense. When Ms. Eddy refers to God as Substance, she is referring to His metaphysical perfection of thought and truth.
Which brings us to her statement that God’s thoughts are substance and life. We exist only because of God’s perfect and eternal plan, spiritual plan. Although I suffer through my mortal life with the impediments of age and ancient injury, I know that in God’s eternal realm, I suffer not. The true me, the spiritual creation of God, is also eternal and perfect.
This is the message that Jesus taught ever day of His ministry. Isaiah writes, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (55:8,9)” this reminds me that regardless of how perfect my thoughts are, how perfect my prayers and meditation are, I cannot be perfect in my thinking. I am mortal striving for immortality.
As I gaze at the nighttime sky, I am awed by the vastness of God’s creation and know that my perfect mind is neither perfect or a mind; it is only an outreach, and extension of God’s perfection. I am a part of the creation I see above me. I study the teachings of Jesus; I try to understand His perfection. I cannot believe that He is the most scientific man as Ms. Eddy writes. The term scientific is a mortal creation of a limited mind. We use scientific to explain something that is so technical, so difficult to understand, that only the educated mind of the egotistical mortal can understand. Jesus is God and therefore is the perfection that mankind, that I strive for every day in my prayers and meditations.
I search for wisdom; but Wisdom eludes me. I suffer for the lack of understanding the Wisdom taught by Jesus. I can only see logic; I am limited by the teachings of the mortal mind. When I taught the prescribed curriculum in the college that employed me, I tried to raise the consciousness of my students to what God was saying through the written word of mankind. It was not enough; for I did not see the perfection, only what was exposed to me in my mortal life even though my meditations were aimed at trying to attain Wisdom.
God is the only cause and creator; and we are blessed to be a part of this Wisdom for we strive to His perfection.
©Russell Kendall Carter