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From the December 1984 issue of The Christian Science Journal


A little word? But a word big in meaning when we begin to understand that God is All, that divine Spirit is absolutely infinite.

Christ Jesus proved God's power to heal all manner of disease. Likewise, when there were multitudes to feed with what seemed a scant supply of food, he fed them all. Jesus blessed all—not only those who loved and believed him, but those who hated and persecuted him as well.

Divine Science, the Comforter promised by Jesus, is today blessing mankind. Those who follow its teachings are learning that God alone is power and presence. Holding to this great truth, they see evil start to disappear from their lives. Those yet unaware of Science live in a world helped by this Christly leaven, working unseen to dispel the monstrous lies of materialism. Truth is, in effect, blessing all. Mrs. Eddy emphasizes: "The Scriptures give the keynote of Christian Science from Genesis to Revelation, and this is the prolonged tone: 'For the Lord He is God, and there is none beside Him.' And because He is All-in-all He is in nothing unlike Himself; and nothing that worketh or maketh a lie is in Him, or can be divine consciousness."Miscellaneous Writings, p. 366.

Early in his study of Christian Science the student learns that God is infinite, or All. He endeavors not to give just lip service to this great fact but to begin to know it and to act on it, and to do so consistently. He learns to look to God alone and to rely upon Him alone for help in every need—not merely for reformation from sin, as most Christian theologies teach, but also for the healing of pain and disease, of business difficulties, of bondage to false appetites. He turns to God for answers to every problem, and for true happiness.

In other words, Christian Science is logical. If God is All, as pronounced in the Scriptures, then we can accept that He is All and begin to realize that whatever is unlike the allness of good can be proved to be untrue—merely an illusion of mortal sense.

God never made His man mortal—to be, for example, wealthy but sick, or healthy but lonely. The Bible explains that God created man in His own image and likeness, to reflect all good. As the father in Jesus' parable told the elder son who demurred at his brother's welcome home, "Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine."Luke 15:31.

Striving for good in our character and way of life, we can be grateful for good as it appears in our experience. What God has given man is perfect now, whatever the material evidence may seem to be to the contrary. For more than a century, demonstrations and healings in Christian Science have proved the perfection of God's giving.

Alone in a lonely room? Gratitude can begin for sunshine, can be extended to include the leaves of a tree, stars in the sky, faces on the street, and all those to whom a smile can be given.

Gratitude for what we now see can lift us to discern spiritually that man is never really alone but is companioned through all eternity by all good. God's ideas, from the least to the greatest, testify to His presence. Spiritual sense tells us that we are not alone but that the Father's perfect universe teems with His spiritual ideas, even though these are unseen by mortal sense.

So to accept as divine reality nothing less than the allness of good is a constant demand in Christian Science. Speaking of God, the Bible exhorts, "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."Prov. 3:6.

Mrs. Eddy understood God's allness. The word "all" in the Concordance to her writings requires columns of citations. As she says: "Allness is the measure of the infinite, and nothing less can express God."Science and Health, p. 336.

If God is everywhere and is All, how can there be anything anywhere but good? This is the reality, and it is true always.


Thus saith the Lord that created
the heavens;
God himself that formed the earth
and made it; he hath established it,
he created it not in vain,
he formed it to be inhabited:
I am the Lord;
and there is none else. . . .
I the Lord speak righteousness,
I declare things that are right.

Isaiah 45:18, 19

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