We Are Free Born
by Florence Roberts
“Ye Shall Know the Truth and the Truth Shall Make You Free.” — John 8:32
Through Christian Science I have found the Truth that makes free. It is the Truth about my true being; and my relationship with God.
I remember that many years ago I was seeking peace, a calmness of thought, more than anything. I felt shackled with fearful thoughts, I was confused with anxiety, and worried about the future.
Through my study of Christian Science, the Bible stories have become more applicable and practical to my life. I started to see how Christ Jesus lived with a certain constant calm. In an article by Kate Buck titled “Confident Tranquility,” this example by Christ Jesus is referred to. The reason for Jesus’ steady tranquility in the face of any turmoil was because of his absolute faith in God, whom he identified as his Father. His constant awareness of this oneness with God gave him dominion with the Truth that destroys all evil. He said, “I and my Father are one.” John 10:30.
The thought that each of us is forever united with our Father-Mother God is a liberating thought. To think that God is right where I am every second, because I am His reflection, is a comfort. Could God have any disturbance, any form of discord or imperfection in His presence? Christian Science has taught me to be conscious of my spiritual nature and this spiritual unity which gives the confidence to declare the Truth when false claims attempt to dominate my thinking.
I have learned that when I feel fearful I must confront it, not leave it lingering, and ask myself some questions. For example, I can ask if I am holding on to suggestions of sadness, discouragement, or some past wrong thoughts or beliefs. I can ask if I am making a reality of some wrong thought, by allowing it to occupy my thinking, as something I must get rid of. A third question could be if I am doubting God’s power. And a fourth would be if I am trusting my life to God and allowing His will to be done.
I have found that this practice has gradually become a way of thinking, and it is a sure way of reminding myself of the Truth of what God is, His presence and power, and my indestructible unity with Him. Just as a reflection is at one with that which it reflects, this truth of my relationship with God helps me see the unreality of any discord or imperfection. To keep this awareness, I have had to make God first in my life. It means continued study and practice of His laws and the desire to serve Him and do all to glorify Him.
God’s promises are kept, our freedom is never withheld. As the apostle Paul said, “But I was free born,” Acts 22:28 and I know now that God’s infinite Love is forever in operation surrounding all. What God has made, He sustains and protects. It is our own beliefs that form the shackles that keep us in so-called bondage, but the promise of freedom is ever-present. Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health, page 228, “The enslavement of man is not legitimate. It will cease when man enters into his heritage of freedom, his God-given dominion over the material senses. Mortals will some day assert their freedom in the name of Almighty God.”
What I sought was freedom that is not tied to anything that can change. I can say I found that way of freedom when I found the truth about God and His infinite love for me and all mankind. God’s man is indeed free born.