Important Departures

Progress always comes when people turn from some ingrained, unfounded, religious belief and advance toward a spiritual truth. The truth of all things has existed forever, but mortals have been blind to its presence, lost in a wilderness of ignorant notions that have controlled men even for ages. Christian Science reveals the truths of God and of man, His spiritual image, and its departures from certain popular theological beliefs are as startling as were some of the departures of ancient leaders of religion from the concepts of their ancestors.

Abraham made a sharp departure from primitive beliefs about worship when he left the idols of his forefathers and began to acknowledge invisible Spirit as the true God, the living God, who reveals His presence in the power of goodness. But perhaps this departure was not more radical than was that of Christian Science when Mary Baker Eddy received the revelation of God as one infinite, all-inclusive Mind. Such departures have brought transformation of human thought, progressive unfoldment of the truth, and unnumbered blessings.

There has always been a common recognition of mind, but the revelation of God as the only Mind of man was an advancing concept that would not be denied. How radical are we in our acceptance of this concept of God? Do we still harbor a degree of belief in the existence of evil or of stupid or fearful minds? Or do we reject the outgrown conception of a mortal, or carnal, mind and develop the possibilities of perfection that come with the truth of one Mind? Do we stick to our affirmations of the one Mind until we find ourselves and our environment controlled by this Mind? The departure from the belief of many minds should be sharp if we are to benefit from the magnificent development of the truth of Mind's oneness and allness.

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Now Is the Time to Show Our Love
June 15, 1968

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