Right side up and free!

“Through discernment of the spiritual opposite of materiality, even the way through Christ, Truth, man will reopen with the key of divine Science the gates of Paradise which human beliefs have closed, and will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free …” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 171). Mary Baker Eddy had it right!

Don’t the words “upright, pure, and free” describe what all of us yearn for in our lives? These qualities are not a dream, but are actually available to each of us. Yes, human beliefs and events seem to block our way to this perfection—but God gives us the ability to identify, unmask, and remove these obstacles. In reality they have no more power to block our progress than we give them. 

Merriam-Webster.com tells us that upright means not only “erect in carriage or posture,” but also implies “a strict adherence to moral principles.” As a child I remember seeing the cartoons of man’s evolutionary march from ape to erect human, but then regressing over time to a stooped human image again. It’s worth remembering that there is no evolution of God’s idea—“upright, pure, and free” has always described the real man. As the Psalmist wrote, “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace” (Psalms 37:37).

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