Safety

Many today are crying out: What is safety? Where does it lie? How may I be safe? How may I be sure that my loved one is safe? Divine Science alone affords the answer to these and similar questions.

Mary Baker Eddy, the beloved Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in her "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 298). "The true consciousness is the true health." Health or wholeness is related in its root derivation to the word "safety." In "the true consciousness" is true safety. Safety is wholly mental, a state of spiritual consciousness. It consists in a knowledge or understanding of God. It is in what we know of being, not in what we appear to be doing.

True safety is not a fortuitous combination of outside circumstances, nor is it found in material devices, theories, or ingenuity. It is unlocalized and forever present, a divine state of Mind. Jesus, our great Exemplar, was safe in the presence of the angry mob ready to cast him over the brink of the hill, in the tumult of the storm, in contact with contagion. His reappearance after the crucifixion proved that even in what appeared to personal sense as tragedy and death he was untouched and safe. Before the divine consciousness or Christ, which constituted his real selfhood, every aggressive phase of evil vanished into its native nothingness.

The Bible is full of demonstrations which bear witness to the fact that safety is spiritual. To mention but a few: Noah was safe from the peril of the flood; the children of Israel were safe both in captivity in Egypt and as they traveled through the wilderness; Elisha and his servant were safe though surrounded by enemy armies; David was safe in the presence of the hatred of Saul; Daniel was safe in the lions' den; the three young Hebrew captives came forth from the blazing furnace unharmed. Many today through their understanding of God are experiencing similar proofs of deliverance and safety.

It is noteworthy that when Noah was commanded to build the ark, he was likewise commanded to pitch it within and without with pitch. A well-known Bible commentary points out that the Hebrew word translated "pitch" is the same word translated elsewhere in the Old Testament as "atonement," or at-one-ment (Scofield, footnote, p. 14, Gen. 6:14). Noah's experience, like all human experience, was purely mental. Was it not, then, his understanding of man's at-one-ment with God which constituted his true ark of safety and made him secure against the overwhelming elements of mortal mind and the rising tides of human fear? It is significant that Noah included in the ark, which typified his spiritual sense of safety, the male and female, that is, the complete and satisfied spiritual concept of all that he saw around him.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy says (p. 492): "Science says: All is Mind and Mind's idea. You must fight it out on this line. Matter can afford you no aid." She adds, "God is Mind, and God is infinite; hence all is Mind." Mind by its very nature is forever expressing itself. If Mind ceased to express itself, it would cease to be, and man and the universe would sink into oblivion. Mind is conscious or cognizant only of itself. It knows nothing beyond or outside itself because there is no outside to infinity. Mind's infinite expression, the compound idea, man, is held forever in the embrace of Mind. Thus man's substance is Mind, his conscious existence is Mind's expression of itself in perpetual, uninterrupted, and glorious harmony. Man is as safe as the Mind which conceives him.

The prophet Isaiah discerned this, for he wrote (Isa. 32:2), "And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land." Man, the immortal idea of God, is not a finite being in a spiritual hiding place. His very nature and substance reflect the infinite, ever-present, and omniactive consciousness, and thus are held in spiritual security from the aggressions of mortal sense. Man is not in the hiding place; he is the hiding place, including in his being not a single element of danger, destruction, or poison. Divine consciousness is immutable, inviolable, indestructible, not subject to invasion or defeat, unlocalized and unrestricted by time or space or fear. It knows no separation. Spiritual consciousness is never in conflict, because there is no element of strife or conflict in it.

We must abandon the belief of duality, the belief of a spiritual universe far off, to be attained, and of a present material universe or state of existence to be endured and suffered through. The only danger that exists, or appears to exist—for evil is never aught but false appearance—exists in the supposititious realm of false belief. The dual sense of existence produces friction and the mortal belief of deterioration, discord, and decay. There is no disintegration in Soul. There are no destructive forces in Spirit. The universe of Spirit is the one and only universe, here and now. Let us recognize this, prove it, drop the mortal, material concept of a self apart from God, and identify self as wholly spiritual and Godlike.

Very definitely our Leader in her book "Unity of Good" states (p. 46), "The scientific man and his Maker are here; and you would be none other than this man, if you would subordinate the fleshly perceptions to the spiritual sense and source of being."

The Science of being has as its starting point the oneness and allness of God and His idea. It reasons from cause to effect, and thus it refutes material sense with spiritual evidence and arrives at the spiritual concept. In the sacred solitude of our innermost being, let us turn away from the contemplation of life as physical, from the anxiety and tumult, the chaos and destruction, of material living, to ponder the synonyms of God and cherish His omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience. In so doing, divine Mind unfolds its ideas as the very substance and essence of our being, and the promise of Revelation is fulfilled (2:17): "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Spiritual identity is immune to danger. It is unseen, unknown, untrammeled by corporeal sense, but joyously visible and tangible to spiritual sense. It exists as God's expression of His own perfection, forever safe and at peace, here and now, in the infinite heart of Love. This is your true and conscious being. This is your safety.

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