“Blessed are the pure in heart” – Q&A #2

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

Question: What does it mean to “see God”?

Answer: To “see” is an expression that means to “understand.” For instance, have you ever tried to explain something to another person, and they suddenly exclaim, “Oh, I see!” or “I see what you mean”? That means they now understand your explanation. They “get it.”

Often in the Bible, the terms relating to “eyes” and “sight” are used to indicate “understanding”:

“The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes.” (Psalms 19)

We want to keep our “eyes,” or understanding, pure. That is how we will see, or understand, God. The purer our thoughts, the clearer our vision of God.

Mary Baker Eddy writes:

“None but the pure in heart shall see God, — shall be able to discern fully and demonstrate fairly
the divine Principle of Christian Science.” (Mis. 184)

Do you believe you are too young to understand all this? Mrs. Eddy writes:

“A child can measurably understand Christian Science, for, through his simple faith and purity, he takes in its spiritual sense that puzzles the man.” (‘00 6)

You must be careful not to lose your child-like purity as you grow up and come in contact with the rest of the world. That way you will be able to heal!

Practice: From the Lord’s Prayer, ask God to “lead us not into temptation.

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

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