Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Let Them Go Outside!

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Let Them Go Outside!

Article excerpt

I couldn't help overhearing a discussion on the subway the other day. A mother was insisting that her children could not go outside to play during the winter because she didn't want them getting colds. The father was patient, but suggested that this was impractical and pointed out that next year in elementary school the youngsters would be going out for recess every day. "Not my kids!" she retorted, "I won't have them getting sick."

Obviously this mother cares for her children and wants them to be safe and healthy. The unfortunate result of her certainty that the cold weather will be harmful to them, however, is that she suffers from this great fear that her children will be liable to sickness. This fear doesn't make the children any safer! What a change there would be if she were to realize that whether it is hot or cold, dry or wet, God cares for her children! Inside or outside, He keeps them well.

The book of Psalms makes this point: "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof" (24:1). People generally think of the earth as being independent of God. As a result they may also believe that it harbors or creates conditions that are harmful to men, women, and children. But if we take our cue from the Psalmist, we will begin acknowledging the spiritual fact that God is the creator of both heaven and earth. This means that these are spiritual and subject to Him. What does acknowledging this do? Well, as the entire influence of God is good, we have a spiritual basis for realizing that the earth and its environment cannot be harmful to man.

Christian Science takes seriously the Bible's teaching that man has been created in God's own image and likeness. And since man is the likeness, or reflection, of God, he can have no condition or propensity that is unlike his Maker. Man's health and nature are determined and sustained by God, infinite Spirit. A reflection cannot deviate from what it reflects, so man must be spiritual. The perfection, health, and soundness of Spirit are expressed by Spirit's creation, man and the universe. Man exists in direct response to Spirit. Only Spirit causes man to exist. …

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