From the Christian Science Lesbian Connection newsletter
One thing I learned from my Sunday School teachers was how
to gain new insight into Bible and Science and Health passages by substituting
words. For example, whenever it says "God," we can change it to
"Mind" or "Love" or "Our Creator" or "The
Almighty." Another example: wherever it says "man," it's meaningful
to change it to your own name.
We know in Christian Science that God is divine, incorporeal,
and infinite, not a giant man in the sky, yet sometimes we do picture God
as a Him, as a Father, as the Judge, as the Lord. To give equal treatment
to God as our Mother, how do we picture Her? I sometimes picture Her as a
large, powerful, dark-skinned mama who don't take no guff, protective and
definite about what's good for Her beloved, darling children. Nobody messes
with her. Other times I picture her as an enthusiastic, blond, cheerleader
type who is crazy about her kids and adores them, gushing about the smartest,
most talented, most wonderful kids there are.
If God is really Mother and loves us, Her daughters, wouldn't
it be permissible to talk to her as Mother and to identify Her as the one
running the universe? I sometimes cross out all the "O Lord" references
and substitute "O Mother" ones on my paper copy of the weekly Christian
Science Bible Lesson Sermon or C.S. Sentinels or Journals.
Here are some citations adapted for women:
thus saith the Mother that created thee, O Leah, and She that
formed thee, O Rachel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee
by thy name; thou art mine. Since thou wast precious in my sight, though hast
been honorable, and I have loved thee:
I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not
back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created her for my glory,
I have formed her, yea, I have made her.
I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there
was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Mother,
that I am God,
The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty
Mother hath given me life.
Psalms 18:32, 35
It is Mother that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way
perfect. Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right
hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
Psalms 89:14, 15
Justice and judgement are the habitation of thy throne: mercy
and truth shall go before thy face. Blessed is the people that know the joyful
sound: they shall walk, O Mother, in the light of thy smiling face.
As for me, I will behold my Mother's face in righteousness:
I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Her likeness.
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary
Baker Eddy, p. 475:7
The Scriptures inform us that woman is made in the image and
likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot
be so unlike Spirit. Woman is spiritual and perfect; and because she is spiritual
and perfect, she must be so understood in Christian Science. Woman is idea,
the image of Love; she is not physique. She is the compound idea of God, including
all right ideas; the generic term for all that reflects God's image and likeness;
the conscious identity of being as found in Science, in which woman is the
reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is eternal; that which has no separate
mind from God; that which has not a single quality not derived from Mother;
that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of her own,
but reflects spiritually all that belongs to her Mother.
I John 3:1-3
Behold, what manner of love the Mother hath bestowed upon us,
that we should be called the Daughters of God: therefore the world knoweth
us not, because it knew Her not. Beloved, now are we the daughters of God,
and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when She shall
appear, we shall be like Her; for we shall see her as She is. And every woman
that hath this hope in Her purifyeth herself, even as She is pure.