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

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Scripture makes plain this fundamental truth: that “It is he hath made us and not we ourselves” (Ps. 100:3) The prophet, Malachi, also asked, as we might today: “Have we not all on Father? Hath not one God created us?” He continues: ‘why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother?’” (Malachi 2:10) Not only the heavens and earth are God’s, but each one of us. And, like Desmond Tutu in his book “Made for goodness,” written with his daughter, we can conclude that not only does God impart all good, but that we each possess, by reflection, the goodness God is and imparts.

In her textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy points out that: “One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars, fulfils the Scripture ‘Love they neighbor as thyself;’ annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, - whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes, equalizes the sexes, annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished of destroyed.” (340:23)

But to fully realize the promise inherent in universal acknowledgment of a common divine Source, we must live the goodness that identifies us with the Source. That appears to be the ultimate lesson humanity must learn. Beyond a common yearning for peace and brotherhood, however, lies an even greater freedom from bondage to fleshly woes. It is embodied in this statement: “There is but one primal cause. Therefore there can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause.” (S&H 207:20-23)

Simply put, we (God’s image) cannot possess anything that does not originate with God. This Truth, understood, can bring wholeness, comfort, and healing to the full range of matter-bound beliefs in sin, disease, and death. How can a reflection lack or be deprived of what’s in the original, or possess what couldn’t possibly belong to an Infinitely good God?

Contrary to common belief, God isn’t the author of ills, nor does God afflict. Instead, ills arise out of fear, wrong-doing, or ignorance of the true nature of God. They spring from the false notion that there can be many human causes, many self-destructive traits or circumstances that condemn humanity to misery. But when you correct that false notion, at the same time you correct its consequences, and the world calls it healing. Actually, it is more an awakening to what is already and always true. God doesn’t change, and so God’s image doesn’t either. Yet, because God is Infinite, all that expresses God is infinitely unfolding. God and man, Mind and idea, Cause and effect are one. As Scripture puts it: “I know that whatsoever God doeth it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it . . .” (Eccl. 3:14)

This truth has to be the basis of well-being and peace among individuals and nations, and our prayer has to be that we understand and live it.

Jamae van Eck