Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Counting on Light

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Counting on Light

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IN many ways, there still seems to be plenty of darkness around. In fact, we might sometimes be tempted to add all the darkness up. Why all the famine, war, new disease, political disregard for truth and honesty, stupid materialism rampant? Why all the darkness? From the standpoint of Christian Science, there is something seriously wrong with the question. It's not wrong to probe, to inquire, but so long as we persist in holding on to this particular question in this form, we find it difficult to have much light or progress.

If there could actually be an answer to "Why all that darkness? we wouldn't be satisfied, because it would simply confirm the "reality of what we know in our hearts must be profoundly unright and unreal. It would appear to make evil real; and God, who is infinite good, unreal. We need to start with light rather than darkness. We know where starting with darkness leads. It leads to more darkness and despair, not to constructive action. So why not try beginning with the counter question, Why light? Why is there anything in the world that seems so beautiful and meaningful and good? The question leads in a more productive direction. But it leads to something far more than that; it leads to God.

To find God and have His answer, we need to know where He is and what He really is. God, Spirit, is omnipresent and He is everywhere. That's our starting point in order to know Him, no matter how great the darkness of society or of our own lives may appear to be. The Bible includes that kind of wisdom and instruction. The Psalmist, for example, reminds himself, "My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, comments, "Darkness and doubt encompass thought, so long as it bases creation on materiality (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures). …

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