Becoming More Familiar with Good
by Doris W. Evans
In Science and Health Mrs. Eddy cautions us to “become more familiar with good than with evil, and guard against false beliefs as watchfully as we bar our doors against the approach of thieves and murderers.” (p. 234)
We can ask ourselves, right now, “What is the state of my consciousness? Am I happy and peaceful? Is my life taking a direction in which I can find Godly fulfillment?” If not, perhaps we have been listening to the chatter of mortal mind, which constantly suggests that some form of evil is real and powerful.
A basic teaching of Christian Science is the allness of God and the nothingness of evil. This teaching negates the lying suggestions of evil. Christian Science is not a religion of empty words, but of active demonstration.
An important statement Mrs. Eddy makes in Science and Health enables us to do the demonstrating of Truth that Science makes possible: “Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.” (p. 261) This is a statement of absolute Truth, and properly applied, acts unfailingly in man’s experience.
Evil will argue persuasively that the world is in deep trouble, and that we can’t hope to find more than a small amount of good, which may be followed by a great amount of evil. Do we have to accept these lies? No!! Put them out with vigor and conviction! God is not telling you these things. Then who is? It’s all the babble of mortal mind, evil or devil.
The Bible tells us that God has given man dominion. Dominion over what? Dominion over his thinking, for that’s where the answer to every problem lies. “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs)
Christian Science teaches us to think loving thoughts, courageous thoughts, victorious thoughts. “Victory is mine, saith the Lord.” That’s God’s promise. Walking close to God, being “more familiar with good than with evil,” guarding against false beliefs with steadfast watchfulness, allows the full radiance and power of Truth to enter our experience and overturn all that is not right.
God has given us the keys to the kingdom of heaven. The study and practice of Christian Science will allow us to enter in. Mrs. Eddy says, “A deep sincerity is sure of success, for God takes care of it.” (My. p. 203) If you have been praying sincerely over a problem, trust God more. Truth will surely destroy error. Sometimes things don’t happen overnight, but if we are steadfast, and refuse to give in to evil’s lying suggestions, we will win. Christian Science has a long record of healing every disease and trouble known to man. “Love never faileth.” As we hold fast to the good, it will externalize in our lives, and we will find the peace, joy and dominion which is man’s true heritage, given to him by his loving Father-Mother God.