Overcoming a history of troubles

Have you ever felt locked in by all the health charts, school transcripts, job résumés, and government records that claim to tell your history? What a relief to learn that your true history is God's unfoldment of eternal, spiritual good! Therefore it includes no trace of mistake, failure, deprivation, or suffering—no element of evil. Step by step, individuals can erase from their view of the past and nullify in their present experience every suggestion of error. The future, too, can be proved to hold only good, for God, the one Mind, Principle, or Spirit, is the creator and cause of good only. He continuously unfolds His creation of spiritual ideas, ensuring the eternal development of His beloved likeness, man—everyone's true selfhood.

Man's authentic history is told in a nutshell in the first chapter of the Bible (see Gen. 1:26–28). And that history is borne out on the human scene whenever people protest sin and sickness by seeking divine redemption and restoration. In fact, every victory prayerfully won over sin, suffering, conflict, disadvantage, and so on, may be seen to eradicate in some degree the false history of materiality and mortality.

Picture for instance Moses and the children of Israel at the shore of the Red Sea with their Egyptian slave masters hotly pursuing. Defeat seemed ready to be written into history. But the parting of the sea for their escape stands as indisputable proof that justice can prevail over injustice even under what most people might consider insurmountable circumstances (see Ex., chap. 14).

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August 13, 1984

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