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Having faith in Life

From the October 27, 2014 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

This editorial is an amplified version of an article published in the August 20, 2014, edition of The Christian Science Monitor.

The fact that too many people are losing hope in what they feel life has to offer, and are choosing to take their own life or to help it end medically, shows a fundamental, often tragic mistake in humanity’s sense of what life is. 

If life truly began with a big bang, then life—no matter how complex its development since then—is essentially an accident with little or no purpose. So how could it be the source of true happiness or health? Or if life, however one believes it started, is dependent on matter and subject to the tyranny of disease, sorrow, and deprivation, that too calls into question what life has to offer and the meaning of living.

But the question is, Do we have life because of an accident of evolution, or do we have life because of our eternal relation to God? 

Christ Jesus gave us this hopeful promise: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). The Messiah, the Savior, came because of God’s great love for humanity. He came not to visit hopeless suffering on us but to lift us out of that suffering and the causes of it. As Christian Science explains, Jesus came to show us the harmonious, joyous reality of life in God, a life that is not merely a hope for the hereafter but a present reality that can be understood, proved, and increasingly lived.

God, our loving Father-Mother, is Life itself—Life that is Spirit rather than matter; Life that is Love rather than evil, hate, and sorrow; Life that is expressed in the freedom of Soul, not in the slavery of the physical senses. Being the reflection of God, each of us reflects the freedom, joy, and perpetual success of Life. No good that our Father-Mother has for us can be denied us, because we are one with God, who is infinite good.

We each can discover our true life in God, which is here even now and constitutes our real being. This discovery, though, requires turning away from the currents of thought that would materialize our sense of life, turn our focus increasingly inward, and lead us to believe that we can escape our problems by somehow escaping existence itself. The taking of one’s life doesn’t solve anything. It only leads one deeper into the mistaken, unhappy sense of life as wrapped up entirely in matter, material history, personality, and circumstance.

Even in the depths of this mistaken sense of life, however—with all its outward evidence seeming to confirm it—it’s still only a false sense objectifying itself as our experience. It’s not the reality, any more than a nightmare while we sleep is the reality. We have not actually left divine Love’s care. We have not wandered beyond Love’s ability to know us, reach us, and help us, because Love is infinite, forever embracing all of us and meeting every need.

The solution to our problems lies in awakening spiritually to our life in Christ. St. Paul said, “The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Here and now, even while we seem to be “in the flesh,” we all have the promise of discovering that our true life is not fleshly but is the very manifestation of the one Life, God, who is Spirit. And we have the ability to live this life by putting into practice our faith in the Son of God, the true idea of Life that Jesus represented.

Our true life is the activity of unselfishness, because our Life is divine Love. Our true life is the living of purity, because our Life is Soul. Both unselfishness and purity bring their own innate joy, because they emanate from God. Health also emanates from God. So our true life is harmonious, strong, sound, because our Life is Spirit.

Equally wonderful is the fact that our true life is the perpetual unfolding of goodness and purposeful activity, in which we are forever companioned by divine Love and by the multitudinous manifestations of Love, which have their human evidence.

The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, writes: “The sweet and sacred sense of the permanence of man’s unity with his Maker can illumine our present being with a continual presence and power of good, opening wide the portal from death into Life; and when this Life shall appear ‘we shall be like Him,’ and we shall go to the Father, not through death, but through Life; not through error, but through Truth” (Unity of Good, p. 41).

We can indeed have faith in Life, because our Life is God, who is good only, including no evil or sorrow. The currents of despair dissipate as we become receptive, through unselfed prayer, to the heavenly currents of Christ and the Holy Ghost—the activity of Truth and the divine Science of our being, working in us to transform us. 

Through prayer that reaches out to the truth of our being, we are able to have more faith in Spirit’s ability to maintain our harmony. We are able to have more faith in the purpose of our life, which is to express God. And we are able to actually live this divinely supported life, which includes love for others, joy in being useful, and the freedom of health.

No lesser purpose or state of existence could be ours as the loved child of our dear Father-Mother.

David C. Kennedy

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