Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

God's People

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

God's People

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WHEN I was growing up, I remember, there were frequent sharp debates in my community about "those people" and "our people." Later, I realized my friends and neighbors were making these distinctions along sharply defined religious, ethnic, and racial lines. At the time, I attended the Christian Science Sunday School every week. I learned that God--man's creator--did not divide man into different groups based on such factors. The Bible tells us in Acts that God "hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth" (17:26). The loving spirit my parents had for those of all races and religions reinforced what I learned in Sunday School. Sadly, though, these views and experiences are not shared by everyone. I can't remember a time when there hasn't been news of people of one race or religion or ethnicity pitted against another somewhere in the world. As I've prayed to see evidence of the spiritual brotherhood that we all share, I've come to see that the Biblical phrase "of one blood" must surely refer to spiritual creation, not biological relationships. That's only logical, be-cause God is divine Spirit, the only power able to create such a vast and intelligent thing as man and the universe. Because God is Spirit, man, who is made in His likeness, must be spiritual. This fact removes one big stumbling block that would try to keep us from having a more universal brotherhood in the world: the feeling that bloodlines determine our relationships and can be actual barriers to goodwill between all men and women. The Bible gives an account of how Peter, one of Christ Jesus' disciples, learned that the artificial divisions imposed by national or racial differences are wiped away by the understanding that God, Spirit, is the Father-Mother of all. …
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