Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

God's Law Liberates

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

God's Law Liberates

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A MAJOR television station in our city just put on a "Town Meeting" focusing on addiction. The panel and audience were recruited to present people who had risen out of addiction and to show the various resources available to assist rehabilitation. Participants ranged from psychologists and doctors to representatives from the Salvation Army and several other local churches. I had agreed to represent the Church of Christ, Scientist.

As I listened to the give-and-take between the moderator and participants, three terms people used stuck with me: empty, rock-bottom, and spiritual. They represented to me the cause, effect, and solution for every human problem, including the enslavement of gambling, drinking, smoking, overeating, or sexual offenses. All forms of addiction signal that the human consciousness is empty--desperately hungry for what genuinely satisfies and endures. For anyone wanting to be filled with lasting satisfaction and true pleasure, the Bible offers immediate compassion, comfort, love, and direction by turning our thoughts to God for sure release from the bondage of addiction.

Christ Jesus assures us that those longing for liberation can experience it by heeding his words. As John's Gospel records, Jesus said:"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." Jesus' life and healing works vividly show that genuine rehabilitation is spiritual--is a divine transformation that occurs within all of us when we discover the richness of the spiritual ideas God imparts to His children. All have this divine legacy because God's love is impartial and universal. This divine Love, expressed, is God's Christ, which is actively regenerating humanity, uncovering the deceptiveness of materiality, and bringing to mankind the wholeness and enduring gratification that are natural to us as God's ideas. …

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