Our Rightful Heritage

When one suffering from what has been pronounced by materia medica to be an incurable disease turns in his extremity to Christian Science for treatment and finds himself healed physically and uplifted mentally, he naturally wants to know something more of this Science. As he studies the Bible, the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and attends the church services, he finds that he has been brought into touch with the law of God, ever available and operative for good. He has simply been brought out of the wilderness of mortal seeming into a land flowing with milk and honey, where there are wells of water and palm trees; into a city of habitation and into his Father's house. In short, he has found his rightful heritage. He will find that it rests with him how firmly he establishes himself here and enjoys the bounty which his heritage includes. Every one who has had this experience knows that all that ever caused his suffering was that he had believed a lie whereas now he knows the truth. He had believed that life and intelligence are in matter, and that man is subject to material laws, whereas now he knows that God, Spirit, is the only Life and intelligence; that he lives and moves and has his being in God, and that as God's image and likeness the imperishable things of Spirit are his in unstinted measure. Right where he is, is liberty, for there "the Spirit of the Lord is."

This recognition of his true heritage, his sonship with the Father, is the recognition of Christ, Truth, which has made him free. What a glorious heritage is ours to know that never for one instant can we be deprived of our Father's protection, of omnipotent Love, the only power, before which the phantoms of sense vanish. On page 304 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy says, "This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object; that joy cannot be turned into sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in death." When the serpent would try to beguile us again into believing a lie about ourselves or others let us hold firmly to our heritage, that city wherein nothing entereth that defileth or maketh a lie. The prophet Micah tells us that "a man's enemies are the men of his own house." Let us, then, rather dwell in the house of the Lord—the consciousness of ever present Love, and abide in safety.

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