"The finger of God"

Having repudiated the accusation of the Pharisees who declared that he healed through Beelzebub, the chief of the devils, Jesus added, "But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you." We ask ourselves, What is this finger of God? It is every thought which points to Life, Love, Spirit, and away from their opposites. If for one moment we mentally contemplate error as though it were real, we are looking away from Spirit to matter, away from good to evil, away from heaven to hell. Yet there is really but one true way to envisage all things; there is but one way to think, to act, to grow, to love, and that is the spiritual way. Christian Science indicates that this finger of God, good, is the power of Love, dispelling doubt and fear. It is the action of divine Principle in human consciousness, drawing it Godward. It is everything that is healthful, pure, and wise.

Speaking of the impelling power of "angels," or exalted thoughts, Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 299), "With white fingers they point upward to a new and glorified trust, to higher ideals of life and its joys;" and white is, doubtless, the symbol of purity and completeness. Are we always looking at what is true? Are we sacredly entertaining spiritual ideas, which blot out all discord?

The finger of God never points to fear, suffering, or discordant moral, mental, or physical conditions. If we give credence to these insidious whisperings of Beelzebub, are we not disregarding, disobeying, the angels of His presence? But these whispered lies hold no terror and no attraction for Truth's faithful witness. Man's tender Father-Mother entertains not a single fear for any one of His ideas. Therefore no breath of error has ever reached them from Him. Then why not hold fearlessly and incessantly to the line of thought and action which God, good, is at all times pointing out? Obviously, God entertains no fears for His own holiness, health, and safety, and spiritual man is conscious only of that which is included in Mind's omniscience. Then, if one is entertaining fears, one is not at that moment entertaining His angels. It is only falsity which engenders fear, for fear and falsity are birds of a feather. Fear is never entertained about anything spiritual, real, and eternal, and the Christian Scientist is learning to refuse hospitality to suggestions which are untrue to God and man. Mrs. Eddy writes (Poems, p. 7),

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