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

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SPIRIT 

Webster’s equates both spirit and spiritual with attitude or frame of mind.  It would, of course, be the opposite of material or worldly.  Terms such as good or goodness, disposition, attitude, character, are also used.  In Christian Science, Spirit is a synonym for God and denotes the essential nature of man made in God’s image.  Paul writes:  “…Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”  He  adds:  “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God;  that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” (I Cor.2:9, 10, 12)  

The opposite of the goodness that defines Spirit would be an evil spirit or an attitude or motive to do harm.  We want to declare with Paul:  “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God;  that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”  Mrs. Eddy defines God as “infinite omnipresent Spirit”—not a person but expressed in limitless goodness or spirituality.  (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 223:7-8 God)    She also indicates that Spirit, not matter, “is the life, substance, and continuity of all things.”  (S&H 124:25-26)  

She declares that “In Science, man is the offspring of Spirit.  The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry.  His origin is not, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior to reaching intelligence.  Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being.”  (S&H 63:5)   If, as she declares, we find “all in God, good” then we can need nothing else—and certainly no matter-based consciousness..  (S&H 264:15-19)    Yes, we can realize, as she did, that “many false prophets are gone out into the world.”  But that God’s thoughts are “of peace and not of evil, to give (us) an expected end.”  (I John 4:1 and Jeremiah 29:11)   

Indeed, judging from the ubiquity and quality of most television programming or theater filming today, we are currently getting  “error’s louder scream” and need to exercise great discretion and carefulness about what we take into thought.  After all, everything goes from the inward to the outward.   How wonderful that the thoughts God thinks toward us are “thoughts of peace, and not of evil” and they promise an “expected end” to the lie.  (Jer.29:11)  How comforting it is to know that “Evil has no reality.  It is neither person, place, or things, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense.”  (S&H 71:1)   

Yes, we can see that “The calm, strong currents of true spirituality, the manifestations of which are health, purity, and self-immolation, must deepen human experience, until the beliefs of material existence are seen to be a bald imposition, and sin, disease, and death give everlasting place to the scientific demonstration of divine Spirit and to God’s spiritual, perfect man.”  (S&H 99:23)   Every healing we experience,  every step of progress we make, lead in that direction.    Not that we make Truth true, but that we awaken to the reality of good.  

As Mrs. Eddy puts it:  “In Science, you can have no power opposed to God, and the physical senses must give up their false testimony.  Your influence for good depends upon the weight you through into the right scale.  The good you do and embody gives you the only power obtainable.” (S&H 192:19-26)     The account in Mark (Chapter 5) of Jesus casting out “many devils” named “Legion” shows that the only power of evil is to destroy itself.  It can’t destroy “one iota of good.”   Let’s keep uppermost in thought that “…God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power.”  (S&H 473:8-12)  

Yes, our first job is to allay fear.   And what casts out fear?  The perfect Love that is God.   We can declare with the Psalmist:  “I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” (Ps.56:4)  Mrs. Eddy’s quick healing of a woman who had long suffered from consumption,  and her admonition to “emerge gently from matter into Spirit” prove that the divine being is “infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss.” (S&H 481:3-4)   What more could we ask?

Jamae van Eck