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Taking a stand

From the May 1989 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Either God is All, or there is no God. There isn't any middle ground. Christian Science teaches that God is All. He is supreme; He is infinite. God's goodness and perfection are unconditional. God, Spirit, Love, cannot be challenged by evil, hate, matter. If God could be challenged by any other presence or power, He would be reduced to the level of a superhero from the comic books or one of the finite gods of mythology.

Of course there does seem to be plenty of middle ground in everyday human life. The phrase "Nobody's perfect" points to the imperfect experience of the material condition, which slows every effort with fatigue, limits every ideal with time, shadows every goodness with sin, and blights every hope with fear of failure.

Yet to consider as real the existence of both an absolute, perfect God and an imperfect material man involves a contradiction. If God is All, His reflection, man, must also be spiritual and perfect. But if material imperfection is actually real, then there are places or moments when God is not All.

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