Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Movies, Life, and 'God's Screenplay'

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Movies, Life, and 'God's Screenplay'

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A Christian Science perspective: Opting to see life as God has shaped it frees us from sorrow.

Movies serve a wonderful purpose in society when they uplift, educate, and sometimes expose. In some cases people place great importance on movies, expecting a film to cheer them up when they're sad or to express their anguish, disappointment, and discouragement. At times, movies satisfy those needs. Also, movies can inform and awaken viewers to serious cultural and political issues.

A Monitor feature explores the recent Oscar nominees, which author Neal Gabler sees as reflecting society's predominant thought - a general malaise. Whether or not you agree with that evaluation of society's mood and the assessment of the Oscar contenders, every movie viewer has a role to play. A further and important step is to examine the "screenplay" we entertain in thought and bring that up against the light of Truth, God. This leads us away from buying into the general mood around us, thinking it's ours, then finding ourselves taking it on.

The human mind constantly projects images that it believes are true but that have no foundation in the face of spiritual reality. Rather than accepting a material picture, which can at times look hopeless, why not see that God has written the only true screenplay, based on His view of reality as spiritual and good? This view exposes the emptiness of the material picture and its resulting malaise.

A screenwriter's work expresses individual consciousness. That's infinitely true for God as divine Mind, the source of all intelligence. The difference is that when God writes the script, it becomes fact, not fiction. …

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