Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Don't Be a Fossil Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Don't Be a Fossil Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

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IT'S one thing to study fossils; it's quite another thing to turn into one! This came forcibly to me the other day after talking with a friend. He was telling me how upset he was by the behavior of some people he had worked with. He was just quivering with indignation as he told me about it. But when I asked a question, I was startled to find that all this had taken place years ago. Yet he talked as though it had happened last night.

Obviously a lot has happened in the meantime, but he's gotten stuck in the past-like a fossil embedded in a layer of sedimentary rock. If you watch people carefully, you'll find this is not as uncommon as we might think. People keep grudges. Some are refighting wars that were over generations ago. Others look back so often to "the good old days" that they never see or appreciate the good happening today.

A key aspect of Christianity is its power to keep the "old" in a constant state of newness. In Revelation, God, divine Spirit, declares, "I make all things new" (21:5). This sense of newness, revival, healing, and progress is evidence of the energy of Spirit at work in our lives. So often people get themselves into a rut. Life feels stale. We get set in our ways. Yet the transforming power of true Christianity is as vital today as in Jesus' time. This power fills life with new inspiration, with progress and healing. It awakens us to the infinite power and authority of God. It makes our religious faith practical and meaningful.

Sometimes, though, people go through periods when their spiritual life seems stereotyped, too. It becomes a matter of going through the motions rather than a fruitful sense of communion with Spirit. It would be terrible to feel that one's religion had become fossilized! But the leaven of Christianity, the divine Science that Jesus presented, is always at work, and eventually the recognition of all things being made new breaks through.

In an article called "Voices of Spring," Mary Baker Eddy, the author of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, writes, "Midst the falling leaves of old-time faiths, above the frozen crust of creed and dogma, the divine Mind-force, filling all space and having all power, upheaves the earth" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. …

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