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TRUTH REMOVES ALL SCARS

From the March 6, 1948 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

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By establishing man's identity as the idea of God, Christian Science obliterates the scars of a so-called past. The Bible tells us that God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil" (Hab. 1:13). In the oneness and allness of the Mind which is God is no presence of evil, no recollection of it, and no mark to indicate that it ever was present. God is absolute good, eternal Truth, incapable of variation. He is all the Life there is, the one and only Being, and He includes within His own infinitude all that exists or ever has existed. That which expresses Mind or Spirit partakes of the nature of Mind and hence is wholly spiritual. The idea of divine Mind can no more get outside the orbit of Love's infinitude than God can cease to express His own nature.

The world believes itself to be passing through the aftermath of a great war; even where, according to belief, remain the scars of a great upheaval—in politics, in economics, and in individual lives. Yet in God's universe—the one and only universe—there has never been a moment when the order of Principle has been disturbed, when an element of evil existed or held sway. Because God is Life there is but one Life, and there never has been a life to be blighted. Because God is Mind there is but one Mind, and there never has been a mind to be shattered. In the infinitude of Love are no haunting fears, no shock, no resentment, no hate, no hallucinations. In the clarity of Truth is no lurking error. Truth leaves no scar of remorse, self-condemnation, grief, or hurt. The idea of Mind, dwelling forever within the Mind that is infallible, has never lapsed from its inherent state of conscious perfection and undisturbed harmony. The omnipotent spiritual fact that good is omniaction leaves nothing to scar or be scarred.

The belief of a scar is the belief that in a remote past there has been separation. For example, a wound draws together and heals, but where the flesh was separated by the wound there may remain, according to belief, a scar. Or a sorrow has come into one's experience and according to belief has left its mark. Often mortal mind glories in its self-imposed traces of affliction. In the indivisibility of Truth the scar which appears as the devastation of a world is no more existent, real, or difficult to heal than that which appears as the wound of a person. By establishing the spiritual fact of the oneness of Principle and its idea Christian Science obliterates the mortal dream and proves the truth of Paul's dynamic statement (Rom. 8:35, 37–39): "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ... Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, ... nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. 258): "Mortals have a very imperfect sense of the spiritual man and of the infinite range of his thought. To him belongs eternal Life. Never born and never dying, it were impossible for man, under the government of God in eternal Science, to fall from his high estate." There has never been one moment when God was not All, or when man, God's expression, has been other than safe "under the government of God in eternal Science." The seeming forces of evil are nullified and proved powerless in the glory of this truth.

Neither hatred, animality, electricity, nor human will governs man. It is as impossible for man to be susceptible to evil or subject to malpractice—mesmeric so-called mortal mind action—as it is for Mind to be; it is as impossible for manhood to be blighted as for God to express imperfection. The textbook further states (p. 481), "Man is tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing else." In the whole of God's allness there exists no destructive force, nor any aftermath of such a force. The uninterrupted majesty of divine Love is supreme and infinite. The infinitude of Love precludes the presence, power, reality, or existence of aught but Love. Love is the primal and only cause, and Love reflected in the loveliness of its manifestation is the everlasting effect.

Today, through the tender ministration of Christian Science, the promise of the prophet Isaiah is being fulfilled (Isa. 62:3, 4): "Thou shalt ... be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God ... for the Lord delighteth in thee."

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