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TRUE WITNESS

From the May 1964 issue of The Christian Science Journal


As we realize more of the allness of God, which includes man, not only shall we know more of the truth of ourselves, but we shall also know each other better. The true brotherhood of man will be glimpsed, together with the oneness of all that is included in it.

When we contemplate and seek light on the subject of Christian Science practice— spiritual healing—we of course turn instantly to Christ Jesus, our great example, and ponder his spiritual attitude towards himself and towards his patients, his method —the basis of his works—and the inspiration that animated his ceaseless healing activities.

Sometimes an individual asks himself: Why am I here at all? What is the reason? Is there any reason?

Jesus knew all about himself, and he said, "I know whence I came, and whither I go" (John 8:14). When faced by Pilate with the implied question of who he really was, he declared, "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth" (John 18:37)—the truth of God and of man— all truth. Jesus also said that he had come, not "to destroy the law" (Matt. 5:17), but to fulfill it and that not a jot or a tittle of the law should pass until all was fulfilled.

Take the commandment, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour" (Ex. 20:16). Jesus never broke that commandment. And what was the result? He saw the perfect man instead of the sick and sinful mortal—he refused to bear false witness against his neighbor. He saw through the untrue evidence of imperfection and bore witness in his thinking to the true status of man. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, says of Jesus in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 18), "His mission was both individual and collective."

What healed the sick in Jesus' work? The correct view of man. This view is what Christian Science is revealing today so that every one of its students may cease bearing false witness against his neighbor. Jesus had a correct understanding of himself. If he had not had this understanding, how could he have had the correct view of man that heals the sick? Everyone must see himself correctly, or how can he have the correct view of others? Jesus knew the truth of God and of himself, and he bore faithful witness to it. "The truth of God" means the truth of Life, of Mind, of all the synonyms and divine qualities of God. Jesus correctly, spiritually, knew the truth of all things and so bore faithful witness to the truth of God and man.

What about ourselves? Are we doing justice to ourselves? Are we holding the perfect model before our vision? Or are we identifying ourselves with what is imperfect and untrue of God's man, thus failing to bear witness to the truth of ourselves?

It is the spiritually immortal man we have to hold to in thought in spite of the false testimony of mortal mind. Jesus brought to light the real man's inseparability from his Maker.

There are not two men facing you as your patient. The sick, sinning, sorrowing, fearful mortal may seem to be man, but that is a false representation; the true being of the individual is right there, indissolubly linked with God. This true being is what Jesus saw, and this correct view healed.

Nothing about the mortal has to be fought or annihilated; it has to be transformed by right thinking. No matter what kind of mortal anyone seems to be—no matter what his creed, race, color, moral character, physical standard—right there is the indestructible, spiritual idea, which, however obscured, must eventually be brought to light.

We do not know how long it will be before this is accomplished, but it has got to be done and will eventually be done by all. To demonstrate that one's true selfhood is indissolubly linked with one's Maker, God, the only creator, means perfect salvation for every individual. Is not this the knowledge of salvation longed for through the ages?

Man's whole reason for existing is to bear witness to God—to prove that God is and what God is. What a wonderful vision this can open! It is up to us to bear witness to the presence and power of infinite Mind, to demonstrate it, and rejoice in it. Let us realize that this infinite Mind, the only Mind there is, is also our Mind and that man's reflection of this Mind is just as sacred as the divine Mind itself.

Isaiah stated, "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God" (43:12). Does not this passage point out the fact that the allness of the infinite God, Mind, must include His infinite manifestation, man, not only to express Him but to be the proof of His very existence?

Do we realize what being God's witness can mean for us individually and collectively? It means that we shall express, show forth, the might and glory of all that declares God—the might, power, and intelligence of infinite Mind; the harmonious perfection and immortality of Life; the loveliness, tenderness, and happy joyfulness of Love; the beauty of holiness and all the grandeur and radiant glories of the universe. All this must continue to unfold for us forever, pouring its blessings and benedictions upon us continually. Shall we not ponder the positive conditions that this matter of bearing witness to the truth means for us? Ponder and rejoice with ever-deepening gratitude for the joyful outlook?

Inasmuch as Jesus' mission was "both individual and collective," so must ours be as we follow in his footsteps. Mrs. Eddy gives this picture of spiritual evolution in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 164:) "As the Wisemen grew in the understanding of Christ, the spiritual idea, it grew in favor with them. Thus it will continue, as it shall become understood, until man be found in the actual likeness of his Maker. Their highest human concept of the man Jesus, that portrayed him as the only Son of God, the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and Truth, will become so magnified to human sense, by means of the lens of Science, as to reveal man collectively, as individually, to be the son of God."

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