The world is not too much with us

The poet William Wordsworth wrote, "The world is too much with us." But our Way-shower, Christ Jesus, instructed us, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15. And the teachings of Mrs. Eddy show us how through God's truth we can stay in the world to help heal it without being contaminated by its evil. She writes, "Longevity is increasing and the power of sin diminishing, for the world feels the alterative effect of truth through every pore." Science and Health, pp. 223–224.

The "truth" that is elevating mankind is seen in the Bible, including the declarations "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" and, "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." Gen. 1:1, 31. Using those truths as our premise, we can go forth daily, expecting to see, in our minglings with others, alterative effects, evidences of God's good creation—despite last night's news programs and this morning's headlines. Christian Science can help us do this, because, as the God-inspired Science of Christly living and thinking, it reverses the material evidences of evil, which pose as truth. This Science teaches that only God is Truth. It also teaches us how to give priority in our thinking to beholding Truth in action in human consciousness—namely, to seeing the constructive endeavors in the world. Moreover, Christian Science shows us how to love the good mankind express, and to heal the not so good.

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