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Completeness and newness

From the November 5, 2012 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

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A central point in the Science of Christianity is the unity of God and God’s creation. To acknowledge God’s tangible presence, and oneself as an intact expression of His essence and nature, cures and regenerates.

It is within this unity that we discover completeness. Under the marginal heading “Self-completeness,” Mary Baker Eddy writes on page 264 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that “when we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.”

It’s been said that any lie will finally be accepted as true if repeated forcibly enough and often enough. You may frequently hear suggestions in the news and in conversations that God and man are separate, and that man is incomplete. Christian Science reverses such lies and preserves the spiritual facts, revealing you at one with God, “complete in him” (Colossians 2:10).

Your reflection of God’s completeness makes you, in all ways, complete and ideal. As a divine idea of perfect Mind, you are fully equipped with all that is necessary to be fully who God is causing you to be.

You're a product of timeless, divine Spirit, not a prisoner of timelines.

Your safety net is the fact that “God is indivisible” (Science and Health, p. 336). Any implication that it’s possible to divide God would imply that His creation could be separated from the wholeness of God’s goodness. Partial goodness is never a fact. Man is never almost God’s expression of happiness, health, justice, and abundance. That can’t be. Man must be God’s expression in every way, since God is whole, entire.

As an expression of God’s completeness and wholeness, you could not reflect a lack of anything. All creation exists safely in a state of oneness with God. Each expression of Life images the completeness and limitlessness of the divine nature.

In reality, every facet of love, purity, and wholeness has its origin in God, and by bringing these divine qualities alive in your acts and attitude, you feel your unity with infinite good. Doing this—by continually asking God, infinite goodness, to guide your thoughts and words—imparts a deep tranquility and completeness that gladdens the heart.

In your unity with God, you not only find that God creates you complete; you discover that God creates you new! Divine qualities can never stagnate or become shopworn, and these fresh qualities are part of your spiritual identity. It may seem that you’ve been around for some number of years. Yet that’s not really true. From the changeless freshness of God flows your present newness. You’re a product of timeless, divine Spirit, not a prisoner of timelines. Spirit, always new, could never produce aging matter; it produces only spiritual, eternal substance—and that’s the only substance that makes you who you are.

“We should serve in newness of spirit,” counsels the Bible (Romans 7:6). If feebleness and imperfection were reflected in creation, the original—God—would necessarily be in a state of feebleness and imperfection. Yet there is no defectiveness in God and never could be. So there is no possibility of even slight defectiveness to be transmitted to you or reflected by you. All that Spirit is reflecting in you is newness and energy! Page 249 of Science and Health says, “Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy.”

In the Bible, God speaks of the temple Solomon has built: “Now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually” (II Chronicles 7:16). Doesn’t this encouraging promise of God’s presence apply to each of us, as well? The last phrase, “mine heart shall be there perpetually,” speaks to God’s great love for all His children. As we feel this promise, with love and gratitude to God, it not only strengthens our prayers for ourselves, but embraces the entire world.

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