None Else

The Scriptural declaration, "I am God, and there is none else," affirms God's completeness. What a comprehensive presentation of God's allness is given in the definition of God in the Glossary in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy! It reads (p. 587), "The great I AM; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence." Since God is All and everywhere, what is His supposed opposite but an illusion of material sense? Since God is Spirit and the only creator, His creation is not matter-bound, but partakes of the substance, joy, and freedom of Spirit. The I AM negatives any claim of aught else than unbounded spiritual consciousness, the reflection of divine Mind. "There is none else." There is no space for the illusion of materiality to occupy.

Jesus, the Way-shower, bequeathed to us a sure pattern of protection against the "elses"—the supposed additions to God, infinite good, which would beguile mankind and impose their assumed authority. During his forty days' temptation in the wilderness, he met each statanic overture with, "it is written," quoting his defense from the wise and inspired counsel of seers and prophets found in the Scriptures. So completely was the adversary routed that, "behold, angels came and ministered unto him." Thus did Jesus exemplify the power of knowledge of the Word of God, obedience thereto, and loyalty to his heavenly Father to deliver from temptation. Be it a big or a small "else" trying us, the way to challenge its pretensions is clear, and our reward will be in proportion to our fidelity.

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December 24, 1938

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