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Unity with God
MARGARET J. SINCLAIR


         What joy we experience when we have gained even a small understanding of what it means to "live, and move, and have our being" in God! For God, divine Mind, being All, He does fill all space, and He is the only Life. As we begin to realize that the only real Life is God, the fact dawns on our awakened consciousness that the only Life which can be manifested or reflected by any of God's ideas is perfect and indestructible; also that, since God is All, He is the only power, and there never has been, and never will be, any other power or presence, so that we are never out of God's protecting care. What a wonderful sense of security this gives us!

         When the writer first became interested in Christian Science, one of the things that impressed her most was the fact of man's unity with God, the knowledge that man is at-one with the Father. This realization, slight as it was, brought with it a far greater sense of security and protection than could ever be gained while believing that God is a God afar off! God is never absent; therefore evil can never really be present. And the belief of evil, or error, vanishes before this truth, understandingly and constantly affirmed, even as darkness vanishes before light, provided the light is kept constant as the result of due care and attention. It is for us who are students of Christian Science not to let our light grow dim by being mentally lazy, but honestly and persistently to apply the understanding we have gained, that the light of Truth may be manifested in our daily living.

         Mrs. Eddy writes in "No and Yes" (p. 26); "All real being represents God, and is in Him. In this Science of being, man can no more relapse or collapse from perfection, than his divine Principle, or Father, can fall out of Himself into something below infinitude. . . . God holds man in the eternal bonds of Science, — in the immutable harmony of divine law." Man, as the offspring of God, divine Mind, is spiritual; and, naturally, the ideas belonging to this Mind must be as perfect as the Mind conceiving them. If we are honest in our striving to know and prove the truth of being, nothing can hinder our progress, knowing as we do that God made everything good, and that He is the all-knowing Mind. It is certain that He never made anything that could go wrong, anything that could make a mistake or that could think any sickly, dishonest, or malicious thoughts. God is Love, and His ideas all reflect Love.

         If we are in doubt as to the right course to take when circumstances seem to present difficulties, may we remember that God is ever with us, and that if we turn to Him in all confidence we shall be led to do or say whatever will bring about the most satisfactory results for all concerned. It is in realizing man's unity with God that we are enabled to demonstrate that harmony and health belong to each and all permanently — by reflection; for nothing can, or ever will, separate the real man from God. Let us therefore joyfully acknowledge the "bonds of Science," which bring us closer to God, bonds, or scientific right thoughts, which help us to realize man's unity with and relation to God, and may be likened to the rays of Truth which destroy in our consciousness the illusion of the senses, even as the rays of light from the sun dispel gloom.

         We must keep the windows of our thought clear if we would let in the light of Truth. It is wise always to be alert to the rejection of thoughts that are not of the divine Mind. We may always recognize these erroneous beliefs, for they are invariably accompanied by some sense of fear, or doubt, or egotism. Then let us reverse them, for God's thoughts bring peace, health, joy; and as we persistently entertain only right thoughts, the wrong thoughts, and consequently their effects will be dispelled, and we shall come gradually to realize the truth of what our Leader says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 316): "The real man being linked by Science to his Maker, mortals need only turn from sin and lose sight of mortal selfhood to find Christ, the real man and his relation to God, and to recognize the divine sonship."

 

"Unity with God" by Margaret J. Sinclair
Christian Science Sentinel, December 5, 1925
 

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