From Zone to Zone
by Julia M. Johnston
God’s universe is the infinite, spiritual reflection of divine substance and Life. Throughout the length, breadth, depth, and height of the universe, God’s laws of harmony are in continuous operation. Divine Science governs this measureless realm, which is filled with divine ideas which are obedient to the Mind that made them.
Spiritual facts, when understood and accepted, affect world affairs as naturally as they affect individual situations. As humanity progresses out of the chaos of material beliefs, inspired thought becomes aware of the unchanging divine order, and eagerly reaches out for greater spiritual perception to behold the glorious reality of things.
At no time, and in no place, can there occur a break in the divine control. God cannot for an instant be separated from His creation, and His laws are established for eternity. Their every activity is preserved, without opposition, resistance, or delay. The majesty of spiritual law forever pursues its glorious way. The universe expresses the glory of God, radiant, eternal reality. All identities which comprise the universe exist in unity, because each idea is tributary directly to divine Mind.
In contrast with the unified immensity and stability of everlasting perfection, the belief in a power apart from God is like a grain of sand on a tidal shore. Mistaken human sense, having no conception of infinity or perfection, believes that the universe is material, and divided into both discordant and harmonious parts. It believes in subdivisions of the earth named zones, and then attributes to these zones certain conditions of good and evil. The frigid zones are believed to be regions where storms originate, which spread disaster. The torrid zone is believed to be an expanse where fevers and pestilences breed. Other divisions are labeled earthquake zones, hurricane zones, and so on.
God’s law controls all time and space, all cause and effect, all power and life. There can be no such thing as a territory where evil is in control, where God’s law has ceased to function. There is no place deserted by God, or forbidden to God. There is no opportunity for error to start, accumulate, or dominate. The assumption that there is a moment when God is not supreme, is a mortal illusion.
David knew the falsity of error’s claim to possess, and govern, a zone of existence anywhere. In declaring the limitless presence of God, good, he wrote: “Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.”
God’s omnipotence rules out the possibility of a danger zone anywhere in creation. Man never passes through evil’s realm, or exists for a moment within it, for evil, being unreal, possesses no domain. All ideas of the Creator live and disport themselves in perfect safety throughout the endless realm of Mind. They know no fear, no peril. They know that they can never go beyond Love’s care. With these spiritual facts, Christian Science strips error of its claim of zones which would annul God’s law of harmony, restrict the action of man, and menace the universal peace. There is no place for evil in the immeasurable goodness of God, no place for pestilence, no chance for discord, sin, or death.
The true idea of one infinite God, good, storms the citadels of paganism, and compels the collapse of belief in other gods. Before Truth’s flaming light, the flimsy structures of mysticism, superstition, imagination, and imposition fade into obscurity. The Christ ends their mesmerism and abolishes their slavery. It is an active Savior at hand for all mankind.
The Christ is the message, and evidence, to all men of infinite Love’s ever-presence, and all-embracing power. It brings man to the height of Love, reaching beyond the heavens, over the winds, above the stars. Up and up, as far as thought can go, Love is still the Most High. Nothing can pass the borders of its care, nor lose the law of its enfoldment.
The Christ reveals the depth of Love. Deeper than human reasoning can go, beyond the line of exploration, far below the soundings and diggings of human research, at the very center of the universe, is Love.
God, the creator of all, is at peace, and His universe is thriving in that peace. Throughout the realm of reality there is no danger zone, no war zone; there is no area where evil abides, or operates; there is no barren shore, no waste place, no treacherous depth, no uninhabited space, no prison wall, no fearsome power, no enemy land. Then let us know no fear. Let us walk on our way in safety, and win the victory over any belief in a power apart from God. In Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy says: “The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space. That is enough!”