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Christ: the one and only communicator

From the March 16, 2015 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Over the past several decades technology has taken the field of communications to a whole new level. Today, it would seem, we and our cellphones are joined at the hip, and it’s common to communicate through not only an email account but a Facebook account and a Twitter account, as well as photo applications like Snapchat. A steady barrage of instant communication occurs day and night among friends and co-workers, and between organizations around the globe. 

As breathtaking as these developments are, we have also come to the sobering realization that such communication is being used not just for benign and productive purposes but also for malicious and exploitative purposes. Terrorist organizations are stepping up their recruitment efforts via the World Wide Web, the gambling and pornography industries are vying for online viewers, and people of all ages are experiencing the effects of cyberbullying. The list goes on and on.

Although these baneful influences have a global reach, we are not helpless in our efforts to defend our and others’ inherent innocence and humanity amid this onslaught. For beyond radio frequencies and satellite or cellular signals, there is a deeper, more powerful communication taking place: the communication from our Father-Mother God, which carries the powerful, healing message of the Christ—of man’s true identity as spiritual, reflecting God’s goodness and grandeur—to every individual, whatever an individual’s cultural background or language.

There is a deeper, more powerful communication taking place: the communication from our Father-Mother God.

The first biblical accounting of God’s universal communication can be found in the opening chapter of Genesis: “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” (verse 3). This instantaneous appearing of light should be seen as not a singular event in time but rather the moment-by-moment self-revealing activity of God, or divine Mind, eternally unfolding His goodness and spiritual handiwork. This outpouring of divine glory reflected in God’s creation is what Mary Baker Eddy is referring to in the exposition of this verse from Genesis in her textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She writes, “Immortal and divine Mind presents the idea of God: first, in light; second, in reflection;third, in spiritual and immortal forms of beauty and goodness” (p. 503).

What a communication! God’s glorious, spiritual creation, to which we belong, is being constantly revealed and declared by God through Christ, Truth. As we pray for mankind, we are assured that God’s ceaseless impartation of divine light and love reaches all of humanity, fostering peace, innocence, mercy, and justice, both individually and collectively. The Bible refers to it as the “still small voice” (I Kings 19:12), because it is felt and heard beyond the din of daily commotion, beyond the testimony of physical sense, and it has God-ordained power to heal and to transform our lives. 

The uplifting presence of the Christ can be experienced in marvelous ways, enabling us to feel renewed gratitude for the good that we have, to possess an unconditional joy welling up from the heart, to enjoy the freedom of a fresh start to our day and our life. This is the resonance of that “still small voice” within consciousness. An impulse toward deeds of kindness, the dissipation of anger or soured feelings toward someone, a needed self-correction, are hallmarks of the Christ presence. This indwelling Christ-light also frees us from the appeal of sensational or lurid media and online content, while gently leading us to a deeper, more spiritual understanding of ourselves and our relationship to God. 

The perpetual impartation of light and truth, as described in the opening chapter of Genesis, was heard by Christ Jesus and magnified throughout his life. It empowered him to heal the sick and free the sinner from wrongdoing. He fully expected his immediate followers, as well as those who would come later, to hear and receive the truth that he himself lived and taught. 

Jesus knew that every man, woman, and child has the God-given spiritual capacity to hear Truth and respond to its pure impulse, thus demonstrating his or her status as a beloved child of God. This was repeatedly illustrated during Jesus’ ministry. Through his divine nature, manifested in all that he was and did humanly, he inspired fishermen to follow him and to enter the healing ministry (see Matthew 4:18–20); and he inspired Zacchæus, who, yielding to the Christ, confronted his dishonest dealings with people and promised to make amends (see Luke 19:2–10). After his resurrection, Jesus was able to call the disciples back to their God-appointed mission after they had returned to fishing following his crucifixion (see John 21); he also appeared to two individuals as they walked the road to Emmaus, and was able to comfort them (see Luke 24:13–32). During his ministry he said, “Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16).

The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.… The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.
Psalms 29:4, 11

Recently, as I had become more troubled by sensational online content and media programming, I began to pray for the receptivity of humanity to the voice of the Christ, which turns us away from negative influences to truer, higher thoughts. In doing so, I came to appreciate the word Soul, which is a synonym for God, as taught in Christian Science. Understanding God to be Soul, the source of all true feeling and action, further freed me from the mistaken conception that one can have an ego or mind of his own, apart from divine Mind, capable of being wrongly influenced or developing debilitating appetites and harmful impulses. For Soul nurtures within us a deepening spiritual sense of our oneness with Soul, of our innate goodness and natural proclivity to hear and receive God’s word.

These ideas helped me see more clearly that there truly is no other communication but from God, and no matter what our background may be, no matter what our parental upbringing or environment might have lacked, we all have the spiritual capacity to hear it, because our real identity is the expression of Spirit. We were actually conceived by Spirit, and we manifest spiritual understanding. It is within our very nature, as children of Soul, to identify with and live the qualities of goodness, kindness, purity, joy, peace, wisdom. So it’s natural for us to be drawn to those avenues of communication that allow for the exercise of such qualities. 

As we pray, individually and collectively, affirming the capacity of every individual to hear God’s communication and to respond to it, we can be confident that this message of truth will reach those who are struggling with the temptations associated with being online. It will inspire in them a sense of their inherent innocence, develop in them the capacity to be more discriminating, and lead them to engage in beneficial uses of communication.

No matter what is being advertised and broadcast into our personal lives, whether it’s commercialism, violence, political vitriol, or appeals for greater self-indulgence, none of it can interfere with God’s healing messages, which come to us through the power and tenacity of His Christ. This communication comforts and inspires, while nurturing within us an impulse to love others and to live this love daily in purer, more unselfish motives and actions.

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