Alone

Perhaps without exception every Christian Scientist at some period is faced with the problem of feeling that he is alone. Often this condition seems to come about through the individual's effort to put into practice his understanding of Christian Science. Although the student may seem to be forsaken by his friends and misunderstood, yet the voice of Truth calls so clearly that he never hesitates to obey the divine commands and press forward, sure that God is governing his life. This reliance on Principle often means swimming against the stream of personal opinion, but it brings the joy of proving that "one with God is a majority." All the efforts of the supposititious unity of evil can never victimize the true student of Christian Science into believing that man is separated from God, and is alone. On the contrary, to be alone with God is to be separated from human sense, which is always crying "Hosanna" to-day and "Crucify him" to-morrow. The applause or condemnation of the crowd never counts for anything. Individual demonstration is all that matters. Mrs. Eddy knew this when she wrote in her 1901 Message to The Mother Church (p. 20), "The Christian Scientist is alone with his own being and with the reality of things." Faithfully striving to reflect Principle in daily experience is gaining the true understanding of the reality of things. This righteous activity proves man's oneness with the Father by bringing forth the fruits of holiness, casting out error, and healing sickness. In our Master's hour of trial the temptation to believe that he was alone came to him, but he quickly denied its claim to reality. "Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me."

Jesus knew that man's true being is always at one with the Father, therefore the testimony of the material senses did not concern him. He forsook popularity, purple and fine linen, to be alone with God. When after he had fed the five thousand the people would have made him a king, "he departed again into a mountain himself alone." He was fully alive to the efforts of error to deify him, but his loyalty to Principle was unswerving, for he knew he could not serve God and mammon.

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