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Freedom from oppression
We are not helpless in the face of oppressive circumstances. Prayer leads us to liberty.
In his book, Utopias Elsewhere, Anthony Daniels speaks of a regulation that required Romanians (before the downfall of Nicolae Ceausescu) to report any conversations they had with foreigners. Daniels thoughtfully writes, "It was not actually forbidden to speak; only to say anything." Understandably, this kind of restrictive atmosphere leads to depression and doubt. But as Daniels's book also brings out, underneath this mental darkness there is always a desire for freedom, a kindling of hope and right thought, which rise to the front of consciousness until they can no longer be suppressed.
There is another, more fundamental kind of oppression that we need to be alert to—no matter where we live. It is the imposition of worldly, godless thought, which is blind to the true nature of God and man. This materialistic state of mind is fearful and ignorant. It would confine and darken life, taking away our joy, until we emerge from its hypnotic spell to a greater awareness of the bliss and liberty of God's man—to spiritual freedom.
The awakening to a new, true view of man—and the desire to express our God-given individuality—are the beginning of our individual spiritual revolution. Christian Science helps us understand the fact stated in the Bible that man is actually made in the image and likeness of God. It helps us see that man reflects all the spiritual qualities of God, good, including freedom, wholeness, usefulness, peace. Man's God-given individuality is illimitable; it's boundless; and the freedom inherent in our true selfhood is more fully manifested as this truth is recognized and as the divine nature is more consistently expressed.
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Freedom from oppression
Lynn G. Jackson
Enlistment for peace
Karl Werner Keferstein
The certainty of God's provision
David V. Cranfill
"The US Constitution" by Norman Cousins
Gracious accepting: an important part of healing
Winifred Copley Ivey
It's an opportunity—use it!
Prayer, revolutions, independence, and then ... freedom
William E. Moody
Making wise choices
I was five years old when our family was driving over the...
Bertha B. Seal
One day, in an uncharacteristically clumsy move, I bumped...
Sheila Walker Hartwell
I have been a member of The Mother Church and a branch...
John D. Clague