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‘No virus found’
When we run antivirus software on our computers, we always hope to see the message “No virus found.” The purpose of antivirus software, of course, is to detect and remove computer viruses since a virus can wreak havoc on a computer system.
One dictionary definition of virus is, in part, “a corrupting influence on morals or the intellect; poison.” By any definition a virus is not something good; it’s a poison to the system. Today, we are hearing more and more about destructive viruses both in computer systems and in biological systems, and the ongoing efforts to protect those systems. But what I find interesting about this particular definition is that it’s a reminder to me of what Christian Science teaches about the mental nature of discord and disease, and the importance of being alert to mentally defend thought against the suggestions of mortal mind, the counterfeit of the only real Mind, which is God. The suggestions of this supposed mind would influence us to believe that we can be a victim or victimizer, a belief that is patently false and has a corrupting influence on harmony and health.
What is our best defense against mortal mind viruses? I’ve learned in Christian Science that it is an understanding that God, the divine Mind, is the only real power and influence on humankind. This was Christ Jesus’ saving message to the world—that God is All and we are one with God; therefore, we are not vulnerable to evil in any form.
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