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Going home to God

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Have you had it with life? Has life given you nothing but hard knocks from the time you were born? Or, in spite of all your worldly success, is there an aching void in your heart that nothing seems to satisfy? Then perhaps it's time to go home - to God.

The belief that we can live a meaningful life without a conscious sense of God's presence is a tragic delusion. Hard as we may try, such an effort is doomed to failure. Why? Because however little we may now feel we understand and experience God as a living reality, He is our real Life. He is our Soul, our Mind - our reason for existence. Without Him, there would be no consciousness, no identity, no purpose.

Mortal life is a sense of alienation from God - a dream that suggests intelligence has broken away from God to establish a finite universe of matter. This matter/mind universe, from a quark to a galaxy, is a counterfeit of something infinitely more grand and wonderful - the limitless universe of Spirit.

This is why material life can't possibly satisfy us. A counterfeit has no intrinsic value. Even its supposed value is borrowed from the real. All the goodness and beauty in our lives is derived from a higher source than matter. Yet our material senses would trick us into thinking that value is in the material things we see around us. But the real substance of all good is spiritual; good comes from Spirit, God, and must be sought in Him.

This is what the prodigal son in Christ Jesus' parable had to learn. The parable tells of a man who had two sons. The younger asked for his inheritance, ''gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.'' n1

n1 Luke 15:13.

Among this parable's many lessons, might we not see an illustration of the belief that man can break away from God and exist on his own? Christian Science explains that God and man are actually inseparable as cause and effect, as the divine Mind and its spiritual idea, or offspring. It is only a false, counterfeit consciousness that seems to have a life apart from God.

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