Faces on Faith: A clothesline existence
Sanibel’s busy season is over, and those of us who were heavily involved in many of the island activities, whether religious, social, political, or service-oriented, can pause for a moment, to think about the results of our efforts.
While all of them seem worthwhile to the participants, Christian Science presents a radically different perspective. Humanity readily accepts a time-based man, living a “clothesline” existence comprised of different experiences strung out as events stretching from birth to death. We recall some events as rich and meaningful, others as painful and less satisfying, but all are part of the fabric of mortal existence.
Christian Science Journal writer Jon Harder suggests that we’re not anchored to material living-pleasurable or painful – by anything but individual and collective belief. He goes on to say that ” God’s immediacy results in constant access to a normal state of spiritually based perfection.” He posits that divine theology is always in the present tense, as when Moses in the wilderness hears the great revelation from God when He says: I am that I am. Even a glimpse of the divine power as real and comprehensible has immediate effect.
In II Corinthians, Paul writes: “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away. Behold, all things are become new.” Christian Science would suggest that it’s a mistake to think of God and man only in terms of past history, rather than current actuality.
In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes on page 249, “Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life, and recognizing no mortal or material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the ‘divine powers that be'” We are all, therefore, invited to feel and experience the embrace of God’s eternal now, holding us above and beyond pain, accident, despair, or illness, in that perfect state which constitutes “God and man forever one.”