Moving in divine Love

In challenging the pictures of discord presented by the material world, we sometimes need to dig more deeply into the question of causation. The material view includes the suggestion of a material cause followed by a material effect. So, when we’re challenged with a physical problem, the material beliefs involved argue that something happened to cause the negative effect. But in Christian Science, we learn that all cause originates in God, the divine creator, so every effect must also conform to God; health and vitality, then, are natural to us and forever expressed in us as God’s spiritual image and likeness. A few years ago, I had an opportunity to learn more about true “cause and effect,” as opposed to what matter, or the material senses, would have us believe. 

While out for a run with my dog, I appeared to injure my hip. I’d relied on Christian Science successfully before for healing, so I immediately called a Christian Science practitioner for prayerful treatment. Being unable to move without severe pain, I had the opportunity to turn my attention fully to the idea of cause. In this case, there seemed to have been some sort of awkward movement, causing an injury. But, I reasoned, if, as the Bible notes, “In him we live, and move, and have our being,” then all movement is in God—good—and so can’t produce harm (Acts 17:28). I realized that, as God’s reflection, I also move perfectly—with freedom, grace, and strength.

Many more truths started flowing to thought; Mary Baker Eddy, the Discover and Founder of Christian Science, tells us: “Mind is the source of all movement …” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 283). That’s a good one, I thought. Because I’m Mind’s idea, and all I do originates in Mind, the joyful decision and activity of running with my dog had to be under Mind’s harmonious government and couldn’t harm me. There could be no outcome but what is in keeping with Mind’s design. 

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