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Not afraid but not naive   1 comment

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Many are voicing their fears and worries about the coronavirus. But Christ, ever “voicing good,” is the divine influence that calms our fears, reveals our safety in God, and brings healing to our lives.

I’ve been hearing the same voices many others in society have been listening to – media, government officials, friends. And the focus is pretty constantly the same: coronavirus. A lot of people have learned a new word, and too many of them are afraid of it.

But recently a little phrase has been surfacing in my thought. It’s this: Christ is voicing good, right within consciousness. What an incredible contrast to all the bad stuff I was taking in. It’s clear to me that the source of that more hopeful thought is Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” where she writes, “Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness” (p. 332).

Now these words weren’t telling me to ignore the difficult things going on in society. But they were assuring me that there was something more going on than all the discussion about contagion. The Christ is the Godlike nature of Jesus that he lived so fully and successfully in his human life. Jesus promised that this Christ always has existed and always will. It speaks to us of God’s goodness and all-power, and of man’s immortal, indestructible nature. And Jesus’ life proved that this “good” voiced by the Christ has a healing and calming influence in our lives. He gave evidence of this again and again as he came in contact with others.

Over a lifetime I’ve seen a wonderful consistency in what Jesus taught. I’ve seen evidence that the Christ can bring a spiritual poise that literally changes our experiences. Changes them in a way that may be unexplainable to the material senses, but is quite understandable to our more spiritual sense.

On a number of occasions, I’ve seen times when everyone expected contagion to take a particular course, and it didn’t work out that way at all. And I’ve experienced times when a kind of mental contagion was stopped in its tracks. Once when a doctor had set some bones after an accident, he explained a number of drugs I needed to take in order to protect myself from potential harm. He described one drug intended to deal with a condition that he said could be fatal. While I certainly wasn’t naive about his warning, my preference was to protect myself with what I had learned about the healing Christ over the years. But his warning remained a little like a contagion from his thought to my thought.

Not too many days later the very condition he had told me about developed. I did something I wasn’t accustomed to doing, and which wasn’t helpful. I looked up the condition in a medical publication. Sure enough, the word “fatal” was prominent in the description. At first, fear tried to take over. But I began to discern the Christ I had come to trust “voicing good,” and soon I felt a spiritual peace and confidence. And within a few days the condition disappeared as I prayed specifically about it.

This voicing of good is a promise to every individual on this planet. In fact, Science and Health also affirms that the Christ is “a divine influence ever present in human consciousness” (p. xi). No one is without access to this healing influence. As we open our hearts to its messages, we recognize that it’s the true and only influence, bringing a calm that changes the course of human discord.

You don’t need to know a lot about the Christ to open your thought to its divine presence and discern the good it is voicing. In fact, when surrounding voices are making their views too prominent in your consciousness, take a moment and acknowledge that Christ is voicing good, and listen for its message right within your mind, assuring you of your safety in God.

This article by Nathan Talbot was published in The Christian Science Monitor’s Christian Science Perspective column 

Easter renewal—showing us what we truly are   Leave a comment

IMG_2585Renewal doesn’t just mean new things start happening. God-inspired renewal shows us what was truly there the whole time—the freshness and permanence of God’s goodness, expressed in man and in all His creation. And it’s through spiritual sense, which Mrs. Eddy defines as “a conscious, constant capacity to understand God” (Science and Health, p. 209), that we discern this goodness. Spiritual sense is native to each of us as the children of Spirit.

So, Easter is about renewal—but not a renewal that involves fixing things once broken. It’s a renewal of our sense of things, showing us we were never broken. Easter shows us that God’s expression is never dipped into a well of desperation or lack. Easter shows us the permanence of God’s will, which is good and forever expressed in each of us. Christ Jesus demonstrated how to be what we truly are: the very image of our Father-Mother God, held forever in the perfect law of divine Love. 

Praise God, for our Redeemer lives!

To read the entire article by John Biggs from The Christian Science Journal, click here


Posted April 14, 2020 by cscanberra in Easter

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“You have no power over me”   2 comments

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 Like everyone, I have faced fears of the coronavirus. But whenever they pop up, I have a prayerful response inspired by words of defense spoken by Christ Jesus as he was being questioned by Pilate before the crucifixion. My prayer is, “You have no power over me!”

Pilate, governor of the Roman province of Judaea, had demanded of Jesus, “Why don’t you talk to me?” and continued, “Don’t you realize that I have the power to release you or crucify you?” Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above” (John 19:10, 11, New Living Translation).

Jesus was not afraid of Pilate. He understood that his life was spiritual, in the hands of God, and that there wasn’t anything Pilate could do to stop him from succeeding in his mission. The merit of his faith was proved a few days later when he walked out of the tomb as he had predicted, having overcome death. He had proved that God was the only power over him.

Today, reports of contagion, infection, and death fill the airwaves and blanket the internet. Rather than being afraid, we can respond from the same basis of spiritual authority and dominion that Jesus did, when he told Pilate that he could have no power over him unless it were from God. We can follow Jesus’ example of unwavering faith in God and neutralize threats to our health with a clear understanding of God’s omnipotence. We can find safety in knowing that God is bigger and more powerful than any fears of a virus!

A few months ago, while traveling, I got very sick with flu-like symptoms that implied I was going to suffer a long time. I prayed diligently for relief, but felt I was losing the battle as symptoms worsened. As I groped for what to pray about, a glimpse of God’s almighty power suddenly lit my thought. The battle was not mine, I saw—it was God’s! God was the power that would defeat the disease, reverse its symptoms, and restore my health.

My feeling of helplessness vanished as I accepted God’s might at work on my behalf. I could trust God to work out spiritually what I was not able to do humanly. I felt a peace that signaled a turnaround, and soon fell into a sound sleep. When I awoke in the morning, all symptoms were gone. I was free. The suggestion that disease could displace God’s harmonious control over my being was proven false.

We are not helpless in the face of the coronavirus.

We can apply the same truths to the fears we might currently feel. The Christian Science textbook includes a “scientific statement of being,” which explains in its first sentence, “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 468). A virus, as matter, does not possess intelligence. It cannot plot, plan, or execute. It is mindless. Any effect associated with it is not coming from the virus itself but from fears and false beliefs about it built up in the public consciousness. The good news is that these fears and false beliefs can be reversed through an understanding of God and God’s all-power. As Mrs. Eddy wrote, “At a time of contagious disease, Christian Scientists endeavor to rise in consciousness to the true sense of the omnipotence of Life, Truth, and Love, and this great fact in Christian Science realized will stop a contagion” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 116). 

A consciousness that God—divine Life, Truth, and Love—has all power stops a contagion by dissolving the fears and false beliefs that spread disease. This is what happened during my night of suffering. I saw the omnipotence of God and lost my fear. Once my fear was conquered, the disease went away.

Jesus consistently illustrated the ability of God’s might to reverse the symptoms of disease. In one case, he healed the mother-in-law of his close follower, Peter. The Bible records, “When Jesus arrived at Peter’s house, Peter’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. But when Jesus touched her hand, the fever left her. Then she got up and prepared a meal for him” (Matthew 8:14, 15, New Living Translation). Jesus knew that there is no power apart from God, and this understanding enabled him to heal and bless others, including this woman. Her fever vanished, and health was restored.

We are not helpless in the face of the coronavirus. When fears surface about its spread, we can speak to those fears with the authority of spiritual understanding and declare, “You have no power over me!” When we see fearful images of the disease depicted in the media and those images want to linger in our thoughts, we can keep them out of our consciousness by accepting the truth of these words: “You have no power over me!” If symptoms appear on the body indicating the disease, we can vehemently protest, “You have no power over me!” backed up with an understanding of God’s omnipresence. It is this spiritual apprehension which dissolves those symptoms and restores health.

As Jesus understood, God is the only power over us. This is a demonstrable truth that we too can understand and prove.

Contagion   Leave a comment

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Whatever man sees, feels, or in any way takes cognizance of, must be caught through mind; inasmuch as perception, sensation, and consciousness belong to mind and not to matter. Floating with the popular current of mortal thought without questioning the reliability of its conclusions, we do what others do, believe what others believe, and say what others say. Common consent is contagious, and it makes disease catching. 

People believe in infectious and contagious diseases, and that any one is liable to have them under certain predisposing or exciting causes. This mental state prepares one to have any disease whenever there appear the circumstances which he believes produce it. If he believed as sincerely that health is catching when exposed to contact with healthy people, he would catch their state of feeling quite as surely and with better effect than he does the sick man’s.

If only the people would believe that good is more contagious than evil, since God is omnipresence, how much more certain would be the doctor’s success, and the clergyman’s conversion of sinners. And if only the pulpit would encourage faith in God in this direction, and faith in Mind over all other influences governing the receptivity of the body, theology would teach man as David taught: “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”

The confidence of mankind in contagious disease would thus become beautifully less; and in the same proportion would faith in the power of God to heal and to save mankind increase, until the whole human race would become healthier, holier, happier, and longer lived. calm, Christian state of mind is a better preventive of contagion than a drug, or than any other possible sanative method; and the “perfect Love” that “casteth out fear” is a sure defense.

This article is by Mary Baker Eddy from Miscellaneous Writings

Posted April 2, 2020 by cscanberra in contagion

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