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Christian Science Monitor


Trust your instruments

A Christian Science perspective.

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When flying at night or through clouds, pilots don’t have the usual visual cues. They may think they are flying straight and level, when in fact the aircraft is in a turn or descent. Occasionally, inexperienced pilots have flown into the ground or into the water because they trusted these physical messages rather than applying the flight-school mantra, “Trust your instruments.”

As a pilot, I’ve found a strong correlation between instrument flying and using spiritual intuition. For example, when our physical senses indicate that the body is sick, it is tempting to believe that information and conclude that this is fact. Yet Jesus healed people of grave, chronic illnesses by refusing to believe what the physical senses conveyed. Christian Science explains that he looked beyond them to the spiritual truth of the situation. To Jesus, illness was not the ultimate reality about an individual; wholeness was.

Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Monitor, wrote, “Even though you aver that the material senses are indispensable to man’s existence or entity, you must change the human concept of life, and must at length know yourself spiritually and scientifically. The evidence of the existence of Spirit, Soul, is palpable only to spiritual sense, and is not apparent to the material senses, which cognize only that which is the opposite of Spirit [God]” (“Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” p. 359).

In a well-known Bible story, a storm arose while Jesus and his disciples were at sea. Afraid of losing their lives, the disciples woke Jesus, who was asleep in the back of the ship. And he “rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39).

How was it that Jesus was able to sleep while others were not? To me, he trusted his instruments. Evidently, his spiritual sense told him that in God’s universe all was at peace, so that he was not fooled by the physical evidence of a dangerous storm. According to Christian Science, which is based on Jesus’ teaching, his clear understanding of the spiritual fact that God is a loving God, who cares for everyone, explains how he could speak to the storm with authority.

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