Inevitable leadings of Love—not fate

Phrases such as "if it is going to happen, it will" suggest that events are beyond our control, the result of "fate." These events are sometimes good and sometimes bad, but always considered inevitable. Is there a way out for you, me, and indeed for all mankind? Yes!

Christian Science honors Christ Jesus' example, teaching that the only governing influence on man is, in reality, God. In everything Jesus did he obeyed the will of God, his Father, never accepting any other power. He saved people from accepting the supposed inevitability of suffering, sinning, or dying, as when he healed the man by the pool at Bethesda, extended forgiveness to the woman accused of adultery, and raised Lazarus from the dead. See John 5:2–9; John 8:3–11; John 11:1–44. There are numerous other instances of healing in the Bible, but these three serve to illustrate the Master's ability to break the bonds of fatalistic beliefs. They show us that we do not have to accept error's predictions as to our health, our safety, or our future.

A matter of law
March 26, 1984

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