Divine Newness

WHERE do new ideas come from? When a man gains a new viewpoint or a fresh inspiration, or when he thinks of a new way of doing something, where does this newness come from? Again, when through Christian Science treatment one becomes conscious of new vigor and vitality, where does this renewed sense of health come from? Does it come from matter? Are such changes simply the result of evolution working through chance combinations from the basis of old or outworn concepts?

In Christian Science the answer is that newness of thought comes to man from divine Spirit or Truth. Man does not manufacture the inspiration that lights up his entire thought. It originates in infinite intelligence, or divine Mind. We read in Revelation, "And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new." God is constantly revealing Himself to man; and God, or divine Mind, through the supremacy of good, acts upon human thought and corrects material beliefs. Thus thought is brought into accord with the truth of God's creation; and this right sense, though known eternally to God, may seem wonderfully new to human sense and sight.

Divine Love, the Principle of being, imparts both life and light. The natural and righteous action of divine might is to reveal, renew, revivify, and resurrect. Love would naturally do just that. Almost everyone is acquainted in some measure with the spontaneous joy, the stimulus and power, that come with a new idea. Discovery of a truth is one of the happiest of human experiences. Nothing is more welcome to the waiting heart of humankind than the triumphant shout of "Eureka!" as a new idea flashes into human thought. In the world's affairs it is a signal achievement. In spiritual things it is the coming of the Christ, or Truth, and means fulfillment, as the Messiah authoritatively announced. Every new idea which comes from God means a larger sense of freedom to the one perceiving it. It means redemption and healing, for the shadows of pain and torment belong to "the former things" that pass away before the realization of the omnipresent Christ.

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Sunday School and Church
September 10, 1932

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