An Important Choice
by Gary Singleterry
In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote, “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” This is a great lesson when understood in Christian Science.
There are two distinct and opposite states of thought, and they represent a choice we all make every day. To be “in Adam” means to believe that there is life in matter, that our physical senses can tell us what is true. It leads to all the confusion and contradiction of that belief, and tries to make evil and sickness seem real, and death appear to be inevitable.
To be “in Christ” means to acknowledge, as the Bible declares, that God made all that is real, and that life is spiritual, not material. It means to “have that mind which was also in Christ.” Jesus’ teachings and example were clear. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Our physical senses can never witness the truth; and, since all that God made is good, this proves evil is not real, and death is the ultimate lie.
One belief leads to a miserable life of fear, while the other leads to the truth, a fulfilling and peaceable life of unselfish service to God and mankind.
This is not a conflict between two different realities. Man didn’t fall from one reality to another opposite reality. It is a choice we make every day as to what we accept as true about God and ourselves. One choice is true — Jesus proved it to be true, as have countless others who have chosen to follow him. The other choice is a lie, and we can turn from it in a heartbeat. It is never too late to start believing the truth about God and His creation — you! Mary Baker Eddy implores us to “come out from the material world and be separate.” We have everything to gain and nothing (good) to lose.