"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32

Jamae van Eck is a Christian Scientist Practitioner and teacher who has experienced over many years the healing power of Divine Love. She is convinced that no one is beyond redemption, and no problem or difficulty beyond God's power to resolve & heal.

Christian Science practitioners
provide spiritual treatment
through prayer. The result is
healing - the change of thought
that brings transformed lives
and the resolution of relational,
physical, or financial difficulties.

She teaches that salvation does not occur only at some point in the future, but that here and now God's saving grace and divine laws are available to everyone
who seeks them.

Learn more of her life, her writings and talks, and the practice of healing in which she is engaged.

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Because the term “man” is often used to define gender, we want to keep in mind that this lesson refers to “mankind”—in other words, to all of the spiritual ideas, both male and female, that God, the one Cause or Father/Mother of us all, imparts.   As we read in Genesis:  “So God created man in his own  image, in the image of God created he him;  male and female created he them.” (1:27)  

That does not imply God’s sanction of homosexuality or any other version of gender.  Instead, it implies that we each possess, by reflection, all the qualities of God, and are each God’s beloved creation.  As we read in the Golden Text:  “The Spirit of  God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” (Job 33:4 New King James Version)    

What did Jesus mean when he spoke to Nicodemus of being “born again?”  According to the text in the Responsive Reading, it means being born (awakened to) one’s spiritual selfhood: “not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of  God.”  Moreover, we read in Genesis that “…God saw every thing that he had made, and behold,  it was very good.” (Gen.1:31)   In answer to the question: “What is man?” Mary Baker Eddy answers:  “Man is spiritual and perfect;  and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science. 

Man is idea, the image, of Love;  he is not physique. He is the compound idea of God including all right ideas…that which has not a single quality underived from Deity;  that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.”  (S&H 475:7-22)   It’s important, and very comforting, to know that there never was an Adam or an Eve or any children born of the flesh.   

We all must emerge from that false and material portrayal, that “notion of material life as all-in-all” in order to demonstrate the “glorious fact of creation, that both man and woman proceed from God and are His eternal children…” (S&H 529:6)   Again to quote Mrs. Eddy:  “The offspring of God start not from matter or ephemeral dust.  They are in and of Spirit, divine Mind, and so forever continue.”  (S&H 267:3-5)   We read in John’s Gospel of being “born again” in order to see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3)  

What does that mean?  The lesson uses Jacob’s  transformation from a material sense of existence to the spiritual in order to see God “face to face”—in order to perceive one’s true selfhood as God’s likeness.  Paul puts it this way:  “…we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  (II Cor.3:18)   Isn’t this the purpose of “earth’s preparatory school?” 

Like Jacob, we each have to conquer “material error with the understanding of Spirit and of spiritual power.”  (S&H 309:7-16)  This change of thought is called the “new birth”  by means of which we and “entertain angels, the true ideas of God, the spiritual sense of being.”  (S&H 548:15-17)   The only change that has to take place is in thought.   Like Jesus, the Wayshower, we have to perceive our true selfhood at one with God, our Maker.  This recognition “enabled him to demonstrate the facts of being—to prove irrefutably how spiritual Truth destroys material error, heals sickness, and overcomes death.”  And it will enable us the do the same.  As Mrs. Eddy puts it:  “Like our Master, we must depart from material sense into the spiritual sense of being.” (S&H 41:6)  

Then we too can demonstrate that “God and man…are one in being.” (S&H 361:16-18)   Jesus’ healing of a man born blind is symbolic of the opening of our eyes to the truth of being—to the fact that we are “the offspring of Spirit.  The beautiful, good, and pure constitute (our) ancestry.”  (Our) origin is not like that of mortals in brute instinct, nor do we “pass through material conditions prior to reaching intelligence. 

Spirit is (our) primitive and ultimate source of being.  God is (our) Father, and Life is the law of (our) being.”  (S&H 63:5-11)   Our job is to “exclude the offending errors” which would argue otherwise and to “break the dream” of a material sense of existence.  (S&H 392:27-32 and 396:26)   As Mrs. Eddy puts it:  “Immortal man is not and never was material, but always spiritual and eternal.” (S&H 336:16) 

Jamae van Eck

Jamae van Eck

"The law of the Spirit of life in
Christ Jesus hath made me
free from the law of
sin and death ."
Romans 8:1

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