"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32

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GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN 

It should be obvious that the original (God) always preserves its image (man).   The Psalmist put it this way:  “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (Ps.91:1)  How comforting it is to know that in any trouble, our Maker is always with us.  And that God is our keeper and preserves us from all evil.” (Ps.121:7)   Moreover, we are assured that “God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  (II Tim.1:7) 

It should be obvious that “The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness,” as Mary Baker Eddy assures us and as she demonstrated in her lifetime.  She further insists that since “God is not the author of mortal discords,” they have only a false or fabulous existence which “divine Truth and Love destroy.” (S&H 231:16)   How comforting to know that we have a “goodly heritage” and that in God’s presence is “fulness of joy.” (Ps.16:6, 11)  

Further, that “God creates neither erring thought, mortal life, mutable truth, nor variable love” and that Spirit is “never reflected by aught but the good.“ (S&H 503:24, 28)   She also rejects the threat of hereditary ills, inasmuch as Life is God, therefore we can have no “dangerous inheritances” inasmuch as “nothing is real but the right.” (S&H 228:3)  She is firm in her insistence that “Heredity is not a law,” and that cause is always mental.

The lesson includes the account in Numbers, Chapter 22, of Balaam’s mistaken punishment of the ass upon which he was riding when it turned out of the way and fell down after glimpsing the angel of the Lord standing in the path.  Finally, God opened Balaam’s eyes and he bowed his head in shame.  

The point is that “God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men.”  (S&H 550:5-7)  Mrs. Eddy continues:  “Love giveth to the least spiritual idea might, immortality, and goodness, which shine through all as the blossom shines through the bud.  All the varied expressions of God reflect health, holiness, immortality—infinite Life, Truth, and Love.”   (S&H 518:19)  

I have certainly proved this to be true over a lifetime of enjoying dogs, horses, and other small animals (or “lesser ideas”)   How comforting it is to know that “The very circumstance. Which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares.”  (S&H 574:27-30)  It is a joy to be confident that “All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible.”  (S&H 514:28-30)  

Haven’t we all, in one way or another, experienced the promise that in any challenging circumstance, we are “hid with Christ in God?”  Haven’t we felt the “peace of God which passed all understanding” and which keeps our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus?”  (Ps.27:1,3,5 and Phil.4:7)   In  the intervening century since Mrs. Eddy wrote: “This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces…The breaking up of material beliefs may seem to be famine and pestilence, want and woe, sin, sickness and death…(which) disturbances will continue until the end of error…” (S&H 96:12) we have seen much upheaval. 

Yet, we can remain undisturbed, knowing that “the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.” (S&H 306:25)   She adds:  “It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love.  Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease, and the true brotherhood of man will be established.” (S&H 467:9-13)  

God’s promises are kept, and whether the lie seems to be personal or global, the “harmony and immortality of man will be reached” through the understanding that Mind is not in matter. And that God’s law is the “rule of perpetual harmony. (S&H 381:15-30)    God DOES preserve our “going out and coming in” and under any circumstances does maintain and sustain our true identity “as distinct and eternal.” (S&H 70:12-13)

Jamae van Eck