Three simple words—but words that often appear difficult to comprehend.
Whether we’re talking about tragic events, illness and disease, mental health issues, losing a job and financial hardships, or relationship problems, those words can and do have power—if based on the teachings of Christian Science—to wipe the slate clean. To change our apparent human history and to free us from the lies of the carnal mind that would try to keep us enslaved to its falsities.
You might be wondering how that could possibly be.
To quote a character from the Seinfeld TV show: “Oh it be. It be!”
You see, error—evil or the carnal mind—is always trying to establish itself in our thought by an association with a supposed beginning of an inharmonious event. Perhaps the onslaught of an illness, the breakup of a marriage, or perhaps the abuse by another individual, for example. It whispers to our thought “Don’t you remember when such and such took place? Don’t you remember what it felt like? How fearful you were? How much pain you were in? How confused you felt or how bitter and angry you were? Etc., etc., etc.!” And it does so in a silent, deceptive guise which imputes itself to be our own thinking, thereby attempting to establish a subjective/objective “reality” to itself.
But this does not make it so. That very association, that very event, never really took place in spiritual reality—in the Kingdom of God—the only reality there is and can ever be. The Bible tells us that God “…is of purer eyes than to behold evil.” (Habakkuk 1) And in referring to God, Mary Baker Eddy wrote:
There is but one primal cause. Therefore there can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause. Sin, sickness, disease, and death belong not to the Science of being. They are the errors, which presuppose the absence of Truth, Life, or Love. (Science and Health, p. 207)
This is a radical statement. A statement that is in total and defiant opposition to all the lies that matter-based thinking asserts and tries to impose on our thinking. And material thinking can do nothing else other than lie because it is a lie from its supposed start to finish.
Each and every one of us has been nowhere other than in God—in His/Her kingdom. We have always—without exception—been fully and perfectly sustained by Him as His image and likeness. Now, it may seem that we’re separated from the Almighty, but that is all such a belief is—an illusion, a fallacy, a fabrication.
As we begin to spiritually understand this fact, and conscientiously apply it to our thought, we will inevitably see the health-giving, life-sustaining, and beneficial results of doing so.
Mrs. Eddy wrote in her book Retrospection and Introspection (p. 22):
The human history needs to be revised, and the material record expunged.
That human history and that material record are revised and expunged by gaining the understanding that only God creates and He/She only causes good. Any other assertion—no matter how real or dire it may seem to be—is false and has no claim on any of us.
This sacred recognition blesses us and all whom our thoughts rest upon. It frees us and others from the shackles of mortal mind into the tangible awareness of our existence as the children of God. Into the freedom that is inherently and always ours.
Into the understanding and experience that indeed it—evil–never happened!