Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Proving the Power of Good Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Proving the Power of Good Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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The ability to prove the power of good is part of your inheritance from God. God is good, and He is the only power. God created you in His image and likeness, to reflect His good power in your life.

According to Scripture, God gave "man" (you and me) "dominion" over "all the earth" (Genesis 1:26). That means that through obedience to God you have power and authority over your life, your body, and your health.

After discovering that laws of God guarantee this dominion, and naming these laws Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy wrote, "I saw before me the sick, wearing out years of servitude to an unreal master in the belief that the body governed them, rather than Mind {God}" ("Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures," Pg. 226). She rebelled against enslavement to anything, declaring that it was not legitimate and promising that it "will cease when man enters into his heritage of freedom, his God-given dominion over the material senses." She went on to say, "Mortals will some day assert their freedom in the name of Almighty God. Then they will control their own bodies through the understanding of divine Science" (Pg. 228). According to an account in the Bible, God illustrated to Moses in a practical way how control over the physical body can be gained through trust in Him (see Exodus, Chap. 4). God instructed Moses to cast his rod on the ground. When he did, it became a serpent. This rod could be seen as a symbol of our dominion from God. When Moses cast his rod on the ground, he had, symbolically, given his dominion away; he had thrown it into the dust, and dust is a biblical symbol of mortal existence. When the rod became a serpent, this frightened Moses. The serpent might represent evil. Moses appeared to have lost his dominion to a supposed evil power; of course, he was frightened. But God told Moses to take the serpent by the tail. He did, and it became a rod again. He reversed the serpentine suggestion that evil has power. The reverse of a lie is the truth. Moses reclaimed his God-given dominion, something he had never really lost. When we believe that there are powers other than God, good, such as accident, infection, natural disaster, crime, financial ruin, old age, and that we can be victims of these, we are actually giving up our dominion. …

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