We’ve all done things or had things happen to us that have not been good at some point in our lives. Maybe we’ve behaved badly, or have been dealing with illness for a long time. Or perhaps there’s been some traumatic or tragic circumstance that engulfed us or our loved ones.
So many folks around the world are daily haunted by these types of occurrences.
But is this necessary? Is it right for us to have to live in this way?
What I’ve found through my ongoing study and application of the truths of Christian Science is that we have the power and ability given to us by Almighty God to overthrow those claims that would limit our experiences—claims that are nothing more than the lies of mortal mind and therefore have no authority whatsoever over us.
Because they’re not from God! It’s that simple!
God is the only cause and effect. There is none other. And because this is so—and it is!—there can be only good, only God, going on since He and He alone is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and omni-active. There has never been anything else. Period!
Now you may be thinking, “Wait a second! What are you talking about? These things have happened to me!”
Well, that’s what mortal mind—the carnal mind, evil—is claiming to you by presenting its so-called evidence through the material senses—senses that both “…originate and support all that is material, untrue, selfish, or debased.” (Science and Health, p. 318)
In other words, these material senses, which are mortal mind, are the ones that are fabricating the problem and then going about through those same senses to convince you of the lie by saying “Don’t you feel this pain? Don’t you remember that difficulty and what is was like? Don’t you recall that you saw it, smelled it, touched it, tasted it, heard it?”
So, what’s the solution then?
Well, Mary Baker Eddy continued on page 318 to state what needs to be done:
We must silence this lie of material sense with the truth of spiritual sense. We must cause the error to cease that brought the belief of sin and death and would efface the pure sense of omnipotence.
And how do we go about this?
By turning whole-heartedly to God to gain the spiritual lessons that we need to learn relative to those experiences—lessons that once seen, understood, and applied, completely free us from believing that something other than good, than God, has ever gone on.
A stone not dropped into a pond will cause no ripples!
This blog post reminded me of something that happened just this week. My daughter who is a senior in high school had applied to some colleges, but had missed a Feb 1 deadline for applying for merit-based scholarships (she’s a good student). The college had sent the request only to her email and not to ours and when we found out, my husband and I were greatly disappointed. However, she had been thinking about taking a gap year and we just assumed that she was serious about this and could reapply the following year.
But a couple of weeks ago, she suddenly decided that she really wanted to go to school in the fall. At first I was happy for her, but later, I was troubled by her missing the scholarship deadline. We talked, and she agreed to apply for some local scholarships. However, I still felt disappointed about the loss of a major 4 year scholarship. Then last weekend, it occurred to me that it wasn’t too late to answer the email that had been sent to her. The idea seemed humanly crazy since it had been more than 2 months, but I felt divinely impelled by a sense of mercy and justice to write and so I wrote a letter apologizing for being late, but hoping that our daughter could be credited for her good work through all four years of high school.
The reply I received was so gracious and the school agreed to give her a Presidential Scholarship which is their highest level of merit-based aid saying that they hoped our daughter would join them in the fall. This was such happy news for our whole family. My daughter said she felt so wanted and loved and I was so grateful to witness mercy and justice–redemption and forgiveness–and a lifting of a burden which we didn’t need to bear and that God had never placed on us.
Thank you for this blog and for your work as a Christian Science healer. I appreciate your honesty and vitality!
What a lovely demonstration over the belief of the past! Thanks for sharing it Susan! So glad that you find this blog helpful–and you’re welcome! 🙂
This is so true something I’m awakening to daily more and more. A question came to me today while praying: God is all. God is good so good is all. When I know this just how all is my all? I’ve been thinking about this today.
Hi Sheri: Thanks for your comment and glad you found the post helpful! 🙂