The experiences of Christian Scientists, as recorded in this magazine, speak of hope for the human race in ridding the world of the evils that plague it.
That may seem like an extraordinary claim, and I’m not suggesting that evil in its many forms will suddenly be exterminated from the world at any time soon. Far from it!
But, consider this: You will notice, as you thoughtfully read the articles and testimonies herein, that the physical healings and other improvements recorded have come about when an individual has experienced some measure of spiritual enlightenment and transformation of character. As the Discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, writes in the textbook of Christian Science, “The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 162).
It’s this “change of base,” and the yielding of the human mind “to the harmony of the divine Mind,” that promise so much hope and progress for individuals and for the world.
It’s not unusual for new readers of Science and Health to experience a stirring of thought as it introduces them to brand new concepts of God—and to find themselves unexpectedly healed of a physical problem or a moral fault as a result. The last one hundred pages of that book are filled with readers’ accounts of just such experiences. That’s what happened to me when Science and Health introduced me to God as Mind—the one and only Mind. That was an entirely new and fresh idea for me. It stirred my thought. It inspired me, healed me, and made me want to continue studying Christian Science to learn just exactly what that huge idea really means.
From the standpoint of human life, there seem to be many minds, with harmony often sadly lacking among them. Christian Science was teaching me that God is infinite, filling all space, and is wholly good, and that man (each of us) is made in the divine Mind’s likeness. However, even in my family relationships, which were generally harmonious, disagreements could come up. But when I would go to Science and Health and just open it with reverent expectation of learning more about God, divine Mind, my thought would be calmed and newly inspired—and harmony would be restored in the gentlest way.
Every time you or I yield to Mind’s infinite light, there is that much less evil in the world.
Christian Science teaches that the divine Mind contains no evil, nothing harmful—no sin, no disease, not even death—but that evil in any form is simply the counterfeit of Mind and Mind’s idea, man. Christ Jesus referred to the devil, or evil, as “a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44). And Science and Health explains: “What we term mortal mind or carnal mind, dependent on matter for manifestation, is not Mind. God is Mind: all that Mind, God, is, or hath made, is good, and He made all. Hence evil is not made and is not real” (p. 311). Evil, then, is not a powerful reality that needs to be exterminated from the world; it only needs to be removed from human consciousness by the inspiring influence of the one divine Mind, which is Love. Amazing things happen when an individual lets Love stir her or his thought until it yields to Mind’s harmony.
It’s so comforting to realize that the God-derived good in human consciousness is real! Even a modest understanding of this, put into practice with love for God and man, has brought healings of all kinds into my experience.
The human mind may seem to be a mixture of good and evil, of mind and matter, of Truth and falsehood—but there is no such mixture, just as there is no mixture of light and darkness; because where there is light, there is no darkness; and where there is good, there is no evil. The errors of mortal belief simply need to be exterminated from our consciousness so that they will no longer appear in our experience. Human thought needs to be purified and transformed by the divine Mind in order to rid the world of evil. “When the mechanism of the human mind gives place to the divine Mind, selfishness and sin, disease and death, will lose their foothold” (Science and Health, p. 176).
When a human heart yearns to understand and love the divine Mind as the infinite, entirely good reality; and to understand and love man as the perfect, spiritual reflection of that one Mind, it is stirred by Science to a change of base from mortal error to spiritual understanding—from fear to confidence, impatience to thoughtful trust, human will to unselfish consideration of others—and the holiness and harmony of the living divine Mind infuse one’s consciousness. Whenever that happens, the light of divine Love exterminates some phase of evil within that individual’s thought and life. And that same light embraces those within the range of his or her thought.
You may feel your prayers have little effect in the world. But imagine this: You are in a large room with the drapes shut. The room is dark, but the sun is shining brightly outside. You open the drapes, and the sunlight radiates throughout the entire room. It is there for everyone.
Likewise, when you let the light of the one Mind enlighten, stir, and purify your consciousness, and you yield to its transforming power, whatever evil has seemed real and harmful to you disappears from your thought and experience—and that light and its healing effect is also reflected as an exterminator of evil in the world. This is letting “this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,” as the Apostle Paul recommended to the Christians at Philippi (Philippians 2:5).
Every time you or I yield to Mind’s infinite light, there is that much less evil in the world. Just think how much less evil there is in the world when more and more individuals yield within themselves to the one Mind.
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