Facing Facts

Have you been trying, from a broken or perhaps embittered heart, to reach out for comfort and help and inspiration; and has comfort seemed far off, help nonexistent, and inspiration dried up? Have you felt cut off, lacking in spirituality; and finally, after a brave but ineffectual struggle, have you resigned yourself to utter misery, with, the words, "Well, one must face facts"? When that pretense of the devil, claiming to work through honest realism, whispers to you "You must face facts," it does not recognize that that very injunction seals its doom. With the humility born of absolute confidence in God, you may answer quietly: "Yes, I must face facts. And what are they?"

What are the facts of being? Are they loneliness, recurring sin, misunderstanding, incurable disease, unbroken poverty, world unrest? Mary Baker Eddy tells us in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 207): "The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things. The spiritual fact, repeated in the action of man and the whole universe, is harmonious and is the ideal of Truth." And she further states on the same page that "spiritual facts are not inverted; the opposite discord, which bears no resemblance to spirituality, is not real."

Spiritual facts include, then, the right ideas of companionship, purity, unity, health, abundance, stability. No one can lack the courage to face these facts. Whence, then, come their inverted opposites? Mrs. Eddy states (ibid., pp. 207, 208): "The only evidence of this inversion is obtained from suppositional error, which affords no proof of God, Spirit, or of the spiritual creation. Material sense defines all things materially, and has a finite sense of the infinite."

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Greater Individual Demonstration
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