The power of innocence

Originally published in The Christian Science Monitor’s Christian Science Perspective column, April 5, 2021.

There’s an arresting statement in a book I consistently turn to—together with the Bible—for inspiration and healing: “Innocence and Truth overcome guilt and error” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 568).

It sometimes seems as if innocence and goodness, even if admirable qualities, are easily taken advantage of. Trampled upon.

But the Bible teaches that it actually works the other way around. Christ Jesus’ healings and teachings brought out the pure, innocent identity of each one of us. Habakkuk says that God is “of purer eyes than to behold evil” (1:13). So as the likeness of God, who is Spirit and Truth, we must be spiritual, perfect, good, even innocent of evil—reflecting the divine nature. This means that these qualities actually have the power of God behind them.

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