Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Beyond Jarring Headlines - a Reason for Hope

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Beyond Jarring Headlines - a Reason for Hope

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I've noticed that many of the headlines on some well-known news websites have become larger and more sensational. They suggest that tragedy, brutality, danger - including a growing array of threats to our health - pretty much define life in these times.

There are, of course, many difficult issues that need to be squarely faced and dealt with in wise and courageous ways. Human suffering and the evils that underlie it can't be ignored. Our desire is to help, not to turn away from mankind's needs. Yet jarring headlines tend to rivet thought on what's wrong in a way that suggests very little, if anything, is right. They would have the effect of impressing thought with the belief that God, good, is absent.

Humanity greatly needs to learn of the one infinitely good God - the one all-powerful God - whom Christ Jesus referred to as "Spirit," and demonstrated to be unfailing Love. The Master showed through his works that God is undeniably "a very present help in trouble" (Psalms 46:1).

Where trouble arises or persists in the world, sometimes very aggressively, we're seeing the influence of what St. Paul, a follower of Jesus, termed "the carnal mind," which he said is "enmity against God" (Romans 8:7). But a spiritual view of the Bible's message, highlighted by Jesus' marvelous career, tells us that the carnal mind's harmful influence can be counteracted through prayer - prayer based on an understanding of God's allness as the one true Mind governing all, and a growing recognition of the supremacy of good. This is a great reason for hope, as many individuals, striving to follow Jesus' example, have found through healing in their own lives.

I've found this statement by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, to be helpful: "It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 390). Jesus understood God so completely as the loving Father-Mother of the universe, as the one entirely good power, that he was able to prove it at every point in his career. He defied what the senses insisted was true. …

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