A Time to Rebel

Rebellion. One hears of it on every side these days. Colonies are rebelling against their mother countries, peoples against governments, races against environmental restrictions, labor against management, children against parents. Rebellions are going on even against some of the rules and concepts of churches. While some rebellions of this kind may not be righteous and acceptable, there are times when it is not only right but imperative to rebel.

Christian Science points out that one of these occasions arises when a so-called power, calling itself disease, tries to invade one's consciousness and to disrupt the harmony of God's government. In Science and Health, in a paragraph with the marginal heading of "Righteous rebellion," Mrs. Eddy writes: "Instead of blind and calm submission to the incipient or advanced stages of disease, rise in rebellion against them. Banish the belief that you can possibly entertain a single intruding pain which cannot be ruled out by the might of Mind, and in this way you can prevent the development of pain in the body. No law of God hinders this result." Science and Health, p. 391;

Is it not strange to note that in the world today rebellion against the reality of pain and disease is one rebellion which receives relatively little publicity? Much of mankind is so mesmerized and so convinced of the necessity and unavoidability of disease of all kinds that it is believed that even to question it, let alone rebel against it, is not only foolish but useless. Yet every single case of pain, every symptom of disease, is a rank imposition on one's rightful expression of God's perfect creation and, according to Christian Science, is therefore unjust and unreal.

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"Times of refreshing"
July 29, 1967

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