Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Hid with Christ

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Hid with Christ

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A FEW years ago I was involved in a serious automobile collision in which I was thrown into the windshield, completely shattering it. There was also very little left of the front end of my car. But I suffered no serious harm.

This wasn't just coincidence or "luck," however. Immediately prior to the impact I had been praying to establish in thought my oneness with God--to know that evil, in any form, was powerless to separate me from God. At the time of the impact I didn't consciously hear, see, or feel anything that was happening around me. But I do remember being totally aware, not of a collision but of my own real, totally spiritual existence. This powerful certainty of God's presence and allness protected me. My life had been, as Paul put it in his letter to the Colossians, "hid with Christ in God." In those brief moments I had seen that because man is spiritually created by God, his life is of God and not a thing of the body or of matter. And I had experienced the safety that Christ brings.

What is this Christ that is here to protect us? Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, speaks of Christ in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She writes: "Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness. The Christ is incorporeal, spiritual,--yea, the divine image and likeness, dispelling the illusions of the senses; the Way, the Truth, and the Life, healing the sick and casting out evils, destroying sin, disease, and death."

To be "hid with Christ," then, is to listen to this "divine message" and to respond to that Mind which was in Christ Jesus, the Mind that is God, infinite Love, infinite good. Since God is Spirit, His totally good creation, man and the universe, must be spiritual, and, therefore, there is no place where evil can enter, no space for it to occupy in the infinity of good. …

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