Overcoming the World
Excerpt from Association Address 1935 by Bicknell Young
Today the astronomers speak of the expanding universe. Mrs. Eddy spoke of it years ago from a spiritual standpoint in the words, “The astronomer will no longer look up to the stars, — he will look out from them.” (S&H)
Mortal mind, beholding such possibilities dimly, and interpreting them erroneously, is dismayed by them and accordingly predicts the end of the world to occur this year or the next. History records many such predictions recurring periodically, and often accepted, even by the so-called learned. During the Napoleonic Wars, which lasted a good many years, they were recurrent and were quite generally feared. So, when these dire predictions appear in our times, they have no more foundation now than they had in the past!
Jesus said, “be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.” (John) He unquestionably meant that he had gained the ascendency over the belief that the world was material.
There is no such thing as the end of the world. There is the revelation of the seed within itself, the self-existent and endless. In this revelation, error ceases to even have the semblance of existence, and this end of the world occurs constantly in the successful practice of Christian Science, for every case that is healed is another extinction of mortal mind.
Job said, “I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.” (Job) That latter day, that proof of the unreality of evil, appears in every case that is healed, and the redeemer stands and guards and perpetuates the healing.