Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Looking for Harmony Where It Is Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Looking for Harmony Where It Is Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

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We all probably want more harmony in life. Most people want happy relationships, income that balances expenses, and good health. All too often these things are lacking. Rather than something tangible and consistent, harmony can seem only an illusive hope of some brief respite from distress.

Then again, think how natural harmony seems when you hear a beautiful piece of music, look at a glorious landscape, or feel the fulfillment of a friendship going right. These do hint at the truth of our existence. The Bible teaches that God is Spirit, that we are Godlike, and that because of this we are spiritual -- not material. God expresses inexhaustible harmony, and you are His spiritual expression.

To look for your harmony somewhere besides in God, then, is a little like looking for harmony in the sounds an orchestra makes when it's tuning up. You're looking in the wrong place, in a place where harmony isn't ever found. To the degree we attempt to look to our bodies, our relationships, our homes, our workplaces to be harmonious in and of themselves, we find harmony to be at best precarious. Through prayer, though, we can increasingly understand and demonstrate that harmony in any of these human areas depends upon accepting God's power. In other words, our harmony is only secure when we are conscious of God and His laws. This is not a pleasantly self-deceiving and abstract ideal, either. Christ Jesus proved that spiritual knowledge, which involves the underlying harmony of being, brings change to human experience, vanquishing discord. For example, when Jesus and his disciples were confronted by the sad evidence of a man born blind, they reacted in opposite ways (see John, chap. 9). The disciples accepted the blindness at face value and tried to calculate how it had occurred. They asked, "Who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" (verse 2). Jesus, on the other hand, took stock only of what he knew of God's law. …

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