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The Continuity of Good

From the February 1972 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A Christian Science healing is not just an indication that yesterday one had an illness and has recovered, or that a broken bone has knitted. It is an awakening to the continuity of well-being, to the fact that there has never been an illness or a fracture, since man is spiritual and has always been preserved intact by his creator. God's perfection never varies, and this means that man, His reflection, remains perfect.

A practitioner who felt he must change a sick or sinful mortal into a good, healthy man would be saddled with a burden too heavy for him to carry. But God expresses Himself permanently through perfect, spiritual man. When the practitioner recognizes this, his thought is relieved of all false responsibility, and he is left free to behold and rejoice in the good God has already provided, the perfection that is changeless because its divine source is changeless.

The final step in any healing is the realization that good was never absent, never interrupted. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes, "The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history." Science and Health, pp. 470, 471;

Since evil has never occurred under God's good government of His creation, it cannot be said to recur. One who suffers from the imposition of belief in periodic or seasonal illness—even such beliefs as adolescence, hay fever, seasonal colds, or recurrent headaches—finds freedom from this mesmerism when he understands these words by Mrs. Eddy: "The periods of spiritual ascension are the days and seasons of Mind's creation, in which beauty, sublimity, purity, and holiness—yea, the divine nature—appear in man and the universe never to disappear." p. 509;

Our confidence in the continuity of good is rooted in an understanding of the immutable nature of God and the dependability of His giving. In James' Epistle we read, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1:17;

God's gifts are as reliable as the divine Love which gives them. Health is uninterrupted, joy is continuous, strength is dependable, for each depends on God, not on matter or mortal mind.

One may sometimes strive to accomplish a healing in order to be ready for a special occasion. If he is then free for that occasion, but finds the malady returning afterward, perhaps the motive for healing needs to be pondered. What is our real reason for desiring to express well-being? To prove the nature of our divine source and faithfully represent the dependable love with which He governs our lives. We rise to the height of spiritual understanding that conquers sickness and sin because we are unwilling to bear false witness against our God.

God is infinite good; thus all of good is a present reality. Although God's blessings are perpetual, human awakening to them comes gently. A Christian Science healing does not add to the good God has provided, but it brings the Christ light, which enables us to perceive the perfection God has already established. The Christ reveals to our consciousness the glory of man's being, his purity, wholeness, obedience to God, and completeness. This glory has been true always.

Because of this, Christian Science treatment is never labored or solemn. Beholding good is refreshing and joyous. We do not make health or harmony true; God has already done this, and for eternity. And it is God who gives us the ability to understand these blessings and rest in them.

Man is immortal because he is the expression of God, who is eternal Life. In fact, Christian Science assures us that man cannot help being immortal.

We read in the Bible that Abigail, who had a clear perception of David's important place in God's plan, spoke to him these comforting words when his life appeared to be in danger: "The soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the Lord thy God." I Sam. 25:29; We need not struggle to hold on to life. Life holds us—eternally— cherishes, comforts, and preserves us.

Mrs. Eddy chose a figure of speech that does not equate truth with morning or evening. She writes, "The radiant sun of virtue and truth coexists with being. Manhood is its eternal noon, undimmed by a declining sun." Science and Health, p. 246;

God's man does not achieve a gradual approach to completeness, nor does he recede from it. Rather he expresses the full clarity of knowing, in which there is no darkness of ignorance or doubt. He knows the radiant warmth of God's love, in which there could be no chill of loneliness, or unsatisfied longings, no cold indifference expressed by us or toward us—only the joy of being cherished, approved, supported, and supplied with abundant good by our divine Father-Mother.

Man's spiritual being is the consciousness of present good, an eternity of unfolding blessings, new opportunities, fruitful achievement. Manhood expresses harvest, fruition, and fulfillment. It is our permanent state of being.

Mortals are sometimes tempted to begin very early to look backward and regret the loss of the good things they associate with youth. The other day one of my little friends solemnly asked how old she would be next Christmas. When her mother said "five," the child's face grew sad. Her mother asked what was troubling her, and she replied, "When I'm five, I won't be as excited as I was when I was four."

Spiritual childlike qualities mean much more than mere youth. In fact, youth is just as much a delusion about the full glory of our manhood's noon as the belief's other extreme, which we call age. Christian Science shows that it is as much of a mistake to call man young as to say that he is old.

There is a wide difference between the childishness of an immature outlook on life and the maturity of manhood's eternal noon, which includes all the beautiful spiritual qualities of real childlikeness forever. No wonder Jesus taught that one can enter the kingdom of heaven only as a little child, for childlikeness expresses spontaneity and freshness, eager teachableness, warm affection, purity, and trust. Jesus said to his disciples concerning God's little ones, "In heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven." Matt. 18:10;

The beginning of the belief of age is the illusion of material birth. Man was never born into matter; his spiritual individuality has no beginning, no termination. He coexists with God throughout eternity, and there has never been a moment when he did not so exist. For this reason Christ Jesus could say, "Before Abraham was, I am." John 8:58.

We can declare that this is true of ourselves. Our life, our reflection of divine Life, is never interrupted by human birth or death. It is without beginning or end, continuous in unity with God, in harmony, and peace, and health.

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