Reading Steven Salt’s latest blog “Jesus’ life: inspired and scientific,” I’m reminded of a statement by 19th c. religious thinker, Mary Baker Eddy. A student of the Bible who spent many years studying the healing works of Christ Jesus’ she concluded that to follow him “We must look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things.” Steven takes us on a deep dive in this article first published in Cleveland.com on January 23, 2017.
Ours is a world of immense complexity and confounding questions. Mankind’s devotion to science and to religion reveals our deep desire to make sense of it all.
Science and faith have revealed otherly realms normally unobservable to our physical senses. Both have uncovered universes we never knew existed. From the macro to the micro, our accumulated knowledge has yielded information and wisdom which have partially tamed the physical universe and freed us somewhat from the bonds of materiality.
“You will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.” Jesus’ statement uttered over two millennia ago is the impulse for the theology he taught. It also happens to be the underpinning of all scientific enterprise. Revealing fundamental truth is the incentive of religion and scientific endeavor. The resulting discernment encourages freedom to express mastery over life’s perplexities.
Jesus’ life was divinely inspired. His service to God, love of mankind, and unrelenting reliance on an infinite wisdom he referred to as “my Father” is obvious and recorded in Scripture for the ages.
At the same time Jesus’ life was profoundly scientific. How so? He looked deep into reality, past the obvious objects of physicality and into the creativity of Mind or God. “Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe,” wrote Mary Baker Eddy. “He plunged beneath the material surface of things, and found the spiritual cause.”