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On the Right Side

From the October 1, 1938 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


One may be sure of being on the right side when he sides with God, Spirit, infinite Love. To divine Love there is but one side; and man, the manifestation of Love, is naturally on the side of Spirit, Mind, divine Principle. He reflects the attributes of God, Love, such as mercy, compassion, dominion, peace, abundance.

The truth about the harmonious nature of God and spiritual man can be demonstrated in human experience, and to this end it is important that each one watch his decisions to be sure he is consistent in standing mentally on the right side.

In the twenty-first chapter of the Gospel of John is found an account of the morning meeting of Jesus with his disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. It was after the crucifixion when, one morning, the Master was seen, though not recognized, by a number of his disheartened disciples who had labored all night in their fishing boat and had caught nothing. "Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes."

In this experience the disciples recognized the Master, and were awakened to change their thought from a material to a spiritual basis. They had seen the wonderful demonstrations of the Master, had to some extent understood that his work was done in witness of eternal Truth, and had themselves done some healing work. But it was not until they saw the risen Saviour that they realized more fully that their own ability to demonstrate Truth was from God, and was not a dispensation from the personal Jesus.

Obeying Jesus' directions, the disciples had cast their nets "on the right side of the ship." Then, after he had talked with them, they turned away from materiality, and the temptation to seek place, fame, or power. They centered their efforts on spiritual growth, spiritual understanding, and the demonstration of man's dominion over sin, sickness, inharmony, and death.

Christian Science teaches one how to be on the right side, by gaining an understanding of God as infinite Spirit, Mind, and of man as His image, His witness. Students of this Science soon see the need for keeping their thoughts true to Spirit, good, thus reversing the decisions of material socalled law.

If the so-called laws of medicine, hygiene, weather, or old age are expressed in sickness or discord, the student can reverse the distressing effect of submission to these so-called laws by siding with Truth; by prayerfully realizing that man is spiritual, not material; that he is not subject to fear, evil, disaster, but is governed by the law of God, good. Thousands of people all over the world have been healed of disease by the understanding that man in God's image is naturally spiritual, healthy, and free.

When the material senses testify to want, lack, or unemployment, the student holds his thought to the rich, certain inheritance of the son of God. God gives all good impartially, and each one can prove this truth. Man is incapable of experiencing unemployment. His nature it is to reflect Mind in ceaseless activity; therefore he is constantly engaged in expressing good. Evidences of want and stagnation yield to spiritual understanding, and the student finds himself engaged in worth-while activity.

Each one is constantly faced with the necessity of making decisions and of accepting either the true or the false. In human experience it sometimes seems that a question has two sides, neither of which is entirely good or wholly bad. But in the many problems presented to humanity one side may be nearer right than the other, and prayer, humility, spiritual discernment, and patience will lead those who seek God's guidance to choose the side nearer right. Mary Baker Eddy says (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 288), "Wisdom in human action begins with what is nearest right under the circumstances, and thence achieves the absolute." The human plan which is most expressive of divine Principle, Love, and turns from personal power and hatred, leads one toward the right side.

Every day offers fresh opportunities for each one to "cast the net on the right side." We can face each new day joyously, with conscious dominion, knowing that we have the God-given ability to stand for Principle, to take the right or spiritual side. The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mrs. Eddy, says (Christian Healing, p. 10): "Let us remember that God—good—is omnipotent; therefore evil is impotent. There is but one side to good,—it has no evil side; there is but one side to reality, and that is the good side."

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