Christian Science Is Dynamic
by Bicknell Young
Christian Science is dynamic. It is alive and pulsating with the power, presence, and intelligence of divine Love. The statement, “Love is reflected in love,” is a dynamic remark. Mary Baker Eddy’s writings contain countless examples of such calls to action. Love is not static, it is not passive, dormant, or inactive. It is eager, joyous, glad. It is always sprightly, glowing, fervent, alive.
Mrs. Eddy wrote, “The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love.” This is another way of assuring us that if we are to live, we must be loving now. There is no such thing as love was, or love will be. Love is.
It’s often a test of one’s understanding of Christian Science, and one’s ability to practice it, to love one’s neighbor as oneself when the neighbor has been unjust, or in any way malicious, and perhaps brought upon us some hardship. But it must be accomplished if one is to be a worthy follower of the Master Christian.
The mental attitude which allows an individual to gossip about a neighbor, or criticize another, is in direct disobedience to the command to love one’s neighbor. It indicates a mental viewpoint that is ignorant of the fact that God is Love, and that He is All and therefore all is Love. It is impossible to know God, and at the same time look unlovingly upon a neighbor.
The Bible relates that the apostle John, in his extreme old age, when he went to the gatherings of early Christians and was asked to speak to them from the abundance of his experience, always said, “Little children, love one another.”
Without Love, Christian Science is a jumble of words without deeds, and it cannot survive. “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”