A promise for now and the future.

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Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science writes in her major work Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.”

This is not only a promise for the future but something I can strive for, as an individual, right now. As I work towards gaining a better understanding of God as infinite good I can demonstrate, by degree, my unity with and love for my fellow man. I can overcome the wrongs or prejudices that may be directed towards me or others. I can experience healing of sickness that would argue that I am cursed as a sinner and made materially rather than spiritually in the image of Life, Truth, Love, Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle — seven synonyms for God.

For me this quote is not saying that everyone needs to be a Christian Scientist or even that everyone needs to be Christian. It is the understanding of “one infinite God, good” that unites us rather than a specific faith or denomination.

Although Jesus’ disciples where Jewish and he sent them to the “lost sheep of Israel” he did not confine his teaching and healing to those only of his faith— Jewish. He taught and healed all those who had a yearning to learn, whether they were Jew or Gentile. God is “the Alpha and Omega, the centre and circumference” (Eddy, 1887, Unity of Good, p10) in Christian Science theology. Therefore God’s loving embrace for all of his creation is all-sufficient, all-pervading and available to all. Jesus’ words and works epitomised this love.

One of my favourite Bible verses is from Micah 4:5 “For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever”. This verse immediately follows God’s promise to the people of Israel that “nation shall not take up sword against nation” and that “none shall make them afraid”. Although this verse was directed through the prophet Micah to the Jewish people, and it is often interpreted as though the promise was only for them due to other nations worshipping false gods, I like to think of this verse in this way — as each of us strives to honestly understand and practice the spiritual essence of our different traditions we will see God’s promise realised in our own personal experience and collectively in humanity as a whole. Mary Baker Eddy assures as that when we realize God’s omnipotence and the healing power of divine Love, in what it has done and is doing for mankind, the promises will be fulfilled. (Science and Health p55)

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