Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Accident or Design?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Accident or Design?

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MY husband was just leaving for work--and the children for school--when I cut my finger, bumped my head, and dropped something heavy on my foot. I could hardly believe it! One accident right after another!

Through my study of Christian Science I had been learning to accept God's law of unassailable harmony for me and for my family. These small incidents were certainly not a part of that! I decided to postpone my morning tasks while I spent some time in prayer. Although the incidents were quite minor, I felt the need to challenge the implication that man is vulnerable to accidents, large or small.

As I prayed, I saw that an accident is simply a self-assertive, and false, claim that God is not all-powerful and is not in constant control of His creation. The spiritual fact is the reverse of material appearances, and when I looked up the word accident, I discovered that one opposite is design. Design! What a liberating, comforting thought to know that we are embraced in God's divine design and are not vulnerable to random evil.

I pictured an intricate wrought-iron gate, carefully planned and crafted. There is nothing random in such a masterfully designed work of art. Great care is given to delineate strength, function, and beauty according to the plan of the artist. Doesn't it follow, then, that God, the grand creator, would establish His creation as the very unfoldment of His design? And, because God is Spirit, that He would maintain that creation in perfect spiritual harmony?

In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, tells us: "Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, and we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to a proper sense of God's unerring direction and thus bring out harmony. …

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