“Blessed are they that mourn . . .” Q&A #10

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Question: What exactly is the “Comforter” that Jesus promised would come?

Answer: Jesus told his disciples that he must go away in order that the Comforter might come to them. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things.” (John 14)

You can read about the Day of Pentecost in the book of Acts, chapter 2, when the disciples were touched by the Holy Spirit. It was about 2,000 years later, however, that someone scientifically
identified what this Holy Ghost is. Mary Baker Eddy writes:

“In the words of St. John: ‘He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever. This Comforter I understand to be Divine Science.” (S&H 55)

“Science is an emanation of divine Mind, and is alone able to interpret God aright. It has a spiritual, not a material origin. It is a divine utterance, — the Comforter which leadeth into all truth.”  (S&H 127)

What we see from the above two statements, is that the Science we are learning about in the teachings of Christian Science, is the Truth that will set us free from all evil and error. That is the true Comforter — the Science, or knowledge and understanding, of God. Anyone who mourns a hurt, a sin, a loss, or whatever, can turn to Science, the Comforter.

Further Study: Today, read the testimony in the textbook on page 690. It is about a young woman who truly suffered for a long time, and was healed when she finally read Science and Health.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two:  The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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Mourn #10

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