Proving God’s certainty, modeling Jesus’ modesty
In a world full of uncertainty, there’s something we can do to feel more confident about the present and future. We can look to God to gain a spiritual view of what’s going on—a healing perception of what’s real. In doing so, I’ve come to think of the word is as “the big IS,” because in a spiritual context the word has all the certainty of the equal sign in mathematics.
Here’s an example from the Bible: “He is the Rock, his work is perfect” (Deuteronomy 32:4). The first is describes a changeless reality in which God, infinite Spirit, is the rock-solid foundation of our existence, and therefore, finite matter isn’t truly the basis of our being.
Similarly, the second is assures us of the unfailing perfection of God’s work. And we are each God’s work, according to Christian Science. The Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, says: “All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal” (p. 472).
The opposite imperfection seen in a view of existence as material, then, is a misperception of God’s changeless view of reality. Whether it appears as disease and debility or hatred and harm, we can be freed ourselves, and help others find freedom, from this false, imperfect sense of existence by opening our hearts to the Christ, the spiritual and eternal truth that Jesus proved with such certainty in his healing works.
This Christ view is our inherent sense of reality, which we can awaken to at any moment. It enables us to discern and correct unspiritual thinking that underlies the discords in our lives, until the discords lose their hold on our thought and are removed from our experience. Whether that occurs rapidly or requires persistence, we learn that God is divine Principle, and that His goodness, love for us, and provision for our needs are not haphazard but certain.
The Bible relates how this divine goodness and love met a woman’s need for healing of a long-standing hemorrhage when she reached out to touch Jesus’ clothing (see Matthew 9:20–22). It depicts her thought in this way: “If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.” Her certainty that she would be healed was quickly vindicated.
The world needs our prayerful certainty that God is the rock and that everyone is God’s perfect work.
Discerning what had occurred, Jesus commended the mental action of the woman’s faith, rather than her physical outreach. Even if she didn’t realize it, she was reaching for and grabbing hold of the Christ, the certainty so clear in Jesus that God’s goodness isn’t merely part of existence but the whole—the All-in-all that includes each of us as God’s flawless reflection.
Becoming conscious of this same scientific certainty remains key to healing today. And as we see results by yielding to this true consciousness, it’s natural to want to help others discover that same inherent certainty in God, so they can also benefit from it.
As we begin to gain a sense of the infinitely vast “IS-ness” of God’s great reality, it may be tempting to feel frustrated that our clear statements of what Christian Science can accomplish may go well beyond what we’ve yet proven of it. If so, it’s worth noting the tender patience and modesty of Jesus’ approach. He addressed the public in simple parables, explaining their spiritual dimensions more fully only to his disciples. Similarly, as Leader of the Christian Science movement, Mrs. Eddy urged her students not to foist stark metaphysical points—such as whether God knows sin, sickness, and death—on a public unreadied to grapple with them effectively (see “Caution in the Truth,” Unity of Good, pp. 1–7).
She also counseled, “I am persuaded that only by the modesty and distinguishing affection illustrated in Jesus’ career, can Christian Scientists aid the establishment of Christ’s kingdom on the earth” (Retrospection and Introspection, p. 94).
This call to model Jesus’ modesty isn’t a call to be mentally modest about what the Christ Science can and must do for humanity. The world needs our prayerful certainty that God is the rock and that everyone is God’s perfect work. It’s the modesty of living Christian lives along with a growing ability to heal those seeking such healing that speaks volumes about the “infinite value and firm basis” of Christian Science (Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 232).
Step by step, Christ’s kingdom will be established on earth as his teachings attain acceptance through growth in both understanding what Jesus taught and living the life he exemplified. Then, as the prophet Jeremiah foresaw, “they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 31:34).
These words assure us that this divine knowledge is forever present in everyone. As we grow increasingly certain of the spiritual fact that God is All-in-all, and prove this big IS in healing, we will see others drawn to seek, find, and prove this certain Science for themselves.
Tony Lobl, Associate Editor