'Shaking off' the resistance

Imagine the courage it took for Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, to follow through with proofs of Christian Science by writing, teaching, and healing, despite coming up against what must have felt like thick walls of resistance. She later wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “As aforetime, the spirit of the Christ, which taketh away the ceremonies and doctrines of men, is not accepted until the hearts of men are made ready for it” (p. 131).

The book of Colossians describes this spiritual transformation in terms of “put[ting] off the old man with his deeds” and “put[ting] on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him” (3:9, 10). As our hearts are being made ready, it shouldn’t surprise us when we meet some sort of resistance, either within our own thought or the thoughts of others. We need to learn, as Mrs. Eddy did, that whatever appears to be a personal attack on us is not so; it is merely an impersonal attempt of what the Bible calls “the carnal mind” (Romans 8:7) to silence the spirit of the Christ. These attacks are powerless as we align ourselves with God. 

The Touch of Class
Celestial feast
November 5, 2012

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