“Blessed are the pure in heart” – Q&A #1

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Question: Who are the “pure in heart”?

Answer: In the Bible, the term heart was used to mean a person’s innermost feelings. It is not referring to the organ in the body that pumps blood! It is a poetical way of describing where we keep those thoughts and beliefs that are dear to us, or that we have very strong
feelings about. Mary Baker Eddy defines “heart” in the Glossary of Science and Health as
“mortal feelings, motives, affections, joys, and sorrows.” (S&H 587)

A “pure heart” is a consciousness that has been cleared of the clutter of useless thoughts, or cleaned of impurities. What might these impurities be? Look at the reward of this Beatitude: it promises that the pure in heart shall “see God.” So, perhaps the impurities that need to be cleared away are those thoughts that would hide God, or muddy our perfect vision of His
nature.

We will be exploring these ideas in the other lessons. Being “pure in heart” is important in the practice of Christian Science, as it is the “seeing” of perfect God and His perfect man that is the basis of spiritual healing.

“Christian Science demonstrates that none but the pure in heart can see God, as the gospel teaches. In proportion to his purity is man perfect; and perfection is the order of celestial being which
demonstrates Life in Christ, Life’s spiritual ideal.” (S&H 337)

Practice: Today, try to think of some impurities of thought that might hide God from us.
Hatred and selfishness might be two. What are others?

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

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