"Universal fellowship"

Christian Scientists look eagerly forward to the day when fellowship among men will be universally established. They have perceived in some measure the fatherhood of God, and have realized how this inevitably leads to the recognition of the brotherhood of man; and they are aware that exactly as men demonstrate divine Love, the inequality, the inharmony, the lovelessness, so frequently met with in human relationships, must give place to helpful, harmonious fellowship. Furthermore, Christian Scientists know that the understanding of God which Christian Science gives, can bring this about. Mrs. Eddy writes (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 275): "Christian Science can and does produce universal fellowship. As the sequence of divine Love it explains love, it lives love, it demonstrates love. The human, material, so-called senses do not perceive this fact until they are controlled by divine Love; hence the Scripture, 'Be still, and know that I am God.'"

No one has ever had such a regard for humanity as Christ Jesus. He drew around him all types of men and women; he was the friend of publicans and sinners; the little children loved him—because he had the secret of "universal fellowship." And that secret is to be found, primarily, in his recognition of the fatherhood of God. Jesus taught that God was his Father; and he taught also that God is the Father of all, as when after his resurrection he said to Mary, "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God."

The recognition of the fatherhood of God, good, alone can explain Jesus' understanding of true brotherhood. He saw the real or spiritual self of everyone as the son of God, perfectly reflecting the divine will. Hence his doctrine has had an incalculable effect on human relationships, by teaching men not to allow themselves to be bound by merely personal ties, but to recognize themselves as allied with the qualities of Spirit, which alone are real and enduring: "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven," he said, "the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."

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Right Refreshment
March 31, 1928

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