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A demand: redeem the past

From the January 1989 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Does it seem naive to think that what was wrong in one's past can be redeemed? Many people would find this not only naive but impractical. So how can a Christian Scientist believe it?

Because it has already been proved that the love of God, exemplified by Christ Jesus, brings the healing and regeneration needed to redeem the past. The teachings of the Science of Christ present powerful divine facts. Among them, that God, unchanging good, is All-in-all; that man, His loved creation, coexists with infinite good as image and likeness; that evil, a deceptive negation, is ever unreal. And it has been proved that acknowledging and understanding these truths bring release from the pains and anguish of the past.

Yet even though we can state that there is no evil, past or present, in God's kingdom, we must do more than tell ourselves, "It never really happened." We need to pray humbly for the grace of God to strengthen our spiritual understanding and our willingness to allow past wrong to be redeemed. And we can have confidence that healing is possible. With prayer our hearts can be lifted—merciful answers can be found. We can begin to see what actually is true—what has been true of man all along.

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