What Is Your Stand? | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

What Is Your Stand?

From Christian Science, Its Clear, Correct Teaching by , page 751 to 753

Let us examine this and see what position we are really taking. With the affairs of the world as they seem to be, there is the greatest need to see where we stand, for surely never did affairs seem to be more utterly chaotic, never more at the point to which Jesus referred when he said, “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.” (Luke 21: 26)

However, as you well know, what seems to be and what really is, to the metaphysician, are leagues and leagues apart. In fact, there is truly no relationship whatever between the two, and that is why Science and Health declares, “Entirely separate from the belief and dream of material living, is the Life divine, revealing spiritual understanding and the consciousness of man’s dominion over the whole earth.” (S. & H. 14: 25) Then to paraphrase that statement, we can rightly declare, Entirely separate from the belief and dream of the affairs of the world with its apparent discord and distress, is the divine reality, the divine world, revealing spiritual understanding and the consciousness of man’s dominion over the whole earth.

Do you think it accomplishes one thing in the right direction for the Christian Scientist to look out on the world and to say it is, and accept it as being, in terrible distress and chaos? Have you, as a Christian Scientist, the absolute power and authority to straighten out what appear as the conditions of the world, or are you completely helpless and compelled to bow down and accept them?

You know, as the Christian Scientist, that whatever you accept as Mind must inevitably appear to you as such. What are you accepting as Mind that could cause you to consent to a discordant and disheartening state of affairs in the world? There was never a more opportune moment for us to meet and frankly face this question and to see whether or not we do honestly believe that Mind is All-in-all. “Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16: 19) This being true, are we going to bow down and accept seeming conditions just as every so-called mortal does and say, Well, I suppose it will have to take its course?

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