The Dividing Line

To mortal sense there seem to be two sides to existence—the spiritual and the material, the positive and the negative, the real and the unreal. All through the ages there has been a flowing and ebbing tide of human belief, bringing at one time apparent health, happiness, and peace, and at another sin, sickness, and death. Yet throughout all mortal vicissitudes, the divine Word of God has been declaring the unchanging, undisturbed universe of God's creating.

In the first chapter of Genesis it is recorded that "God made the firmament," dividing the waters from the waters; dividing the light from the darkness, the day from the night. In the Glossary to "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 586) Mrs. Eddy gives the spiritual definition of "firmament" as "spiritual understanding; the scientific line of demarcation between Truth and error, between Spirit and so-called matter."

There comes a time when we realize that we must make a decision, and this may seem to be a momentous experience. The question comes, Which step shall I take, which way shall I turn? Our trust in human reasoning has been so shaken that we find ourselves crying out to our Father-Mother God to save us lest we perish. It is then that we need to turn the searchlight of Truth into our consciousness and discover on which side of the dividing line we stand in our thinking. Are we believing that God is infinite good, that He is willing and able to lead and guide us, that He is all power, all presence, while at the same time we admit that evil has power and a place in this divine presence? Are we keeping our eye single to the truth of the one God, one Mind, one creation, one universal divine law? Have we complete confidence in the oneness and perfection of divine government?

December 7, 1929

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