Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Haunted House?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Haunted House?

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MANY of us are familiar with stories about haunted houses. Maybe we even lived near a so-called "haunted" house when we were growing up. Occasionally, when everyone else is away or it's a particularly windy night, maybe even our own house gives us a kind of creepy feeling. That happened to me quite a lot not long after we moved into our house. I was working on a project that involved spending a lot of time in the basement at night. The basement wasn't that well lighted, and as the evening wore on, sometimes it would be so creepy I could hardly stand it. Frankly, having to finish the project was all that kept me from leaving the basement well before sunset! Since my study of Christian Science has been helping me to find solutions to every problem--large or small--through prayer, I decided to pray about the situation. Taking Christ Jesus' approach as my model, I began by first affirming God's presence. Since God is the only Spirit, I knew that there couldn't be any ghostly presences to frighten me or to keep me from feeling safe and happy in God's love. God doesn't play mischievous tricks on us. He is intelligent, all-loving Mind, and each of us is, in fact, His spir-itual offspring. But being spiritual is not the same as being a "spirit" or a "ghost." It means that we express the only Spirit, God. Man expresses Spirit's qualities, such as wisdom, purity, love, strength, and goodness. Since God is omnipresent, there couldn't be any place where Spirit is absent and where evil could lurk. When we understand that there is only one Spirit, and that man is the eternal reflection of God, good, we know there can be no such thing as ghosts. Then the belief in ghosts cannot induce fear in us. As I affirmed God's presence and claimed my real nature to be inseparable from Him, I found myself thinking of this truth recorded by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: ". …
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