Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Divine Mind's Sobering Effect Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Divine Mind's Sobering Effect Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

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FROM beginning to end, the Bible's spiritual message shows that any material view of man is inaccurate. The Bible illustrates the power and practicality of understanding man in a more spiritual light--even as the very image, or idea, of God. Man is not a conglomeration of good and evil, but is God's own perfect child; the heir of all good and only good. From this basis we can begin to understand the spiritual love that gave power to the ministry of Christ Jesus and his followers. In fact, as I discovered late one evening, an understanding of God's power can nullify intoxication and restore harmony to our experience. I was riding home on public transportation as I often do. Passengers were boarding and leaving as usual. The train started to move forward before one of the newly boarded passengers had a chance to sit down. This is common, since people often choose to remain standing for the duration of their ride. The motion of the train caused this particular passenger to lose his balance, however, and he staggered awkwardly, to sit in the seat behind me. I could tell he was somewhat drunk. Once settled, he began to make continual derogatory comments to me and about me. Although it was obvious that his commentary was about his own current state of mind and really had little to do with me, the situation was making me uncomfortable. Instead of turning around to speak to him or getting up to find another seat, I began to think about what I understand of the nature of God. I knew prayer could be a practical help. In the Bible, the Apostle Paul declares in his letter to the Ephesians, "We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (6:12). The first thing I did was to recognize that my quarrel was not with the individual in the seat behind me, but with a material theory of existence that assumes we are limited mortals subject to material circumstances and influences. Material theories assert that thought has a material source, that it begins in the brain. …
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