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Spiritual Short

The good and true news

From the August 2017 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I had been listening to the news before leaving for our Wednesday testimony meeting. As my husband was driving us to church, I was looking forward to the service as well as the testimonies we would hear.

I began thinking of what I might share, when the phrase “fake news” came to my thought. Fake news is a deliberate effort to deceive. As a student of Christian Science, I’ve learned that there is a fundamental and often subtle kind of fake news that seems very credible and is commonly consented to: the belief that we are vulnerable material beings.

It came so quietly and clearly to me that Christ Jesus was a true “reporter” who fearlessly disputed this kind of fake news. He did so by bringing to light an entirely different idea of God and of man’s relation to God. And he backed up what he said about God’s goodness and our true spiritual identity as God’s reflection with unquestionable proofs. Jesus’ words and works present the “true news” of creator and creation—the “good news” of the gospel.

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