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 Jesus’ whole career shines a light on the joy and love God has for man. Every healing Jesus accomplished is actually a public affirmation of the fact that God says, “I love you” and that God’s creation is “very good.” 

 

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” Like it”

By Ute Keller

From The Christian Science Journal – September 25, 2013

Originally written in German, this article first appeared on JSH-Online.com for the German, French, Portuguese, and Spanish editions of The Herald of Christian Science.

 

Nowadays it’s a nice gesture to highlight a comment, a photo, etc., on the Internet by clicking on “Like.” As I held a new issue of The Herald of Christian Science in my hands sometime ago, I spontaneously thought, “Like it!” What do I like? I like something that I agree with, that pleases me, inspires me, gives me food for thought, and nudges me to question habitual thought patterns. It also gives me new insights that I can learn from, and that means a lot to me.

Other readers may have other reasons to respond with “Like” on the Web. As for me, I feel it’s a nice gesture to the authors. It shows that I agree with them, emphasizing to others what the author of the article shared. When more people make known their appreciation of an article, it can make it easier for other readers to recognize the valuable ideas shared, accept them for themselves, and be blessed by them. By “Liking” an article, I also show my joy and gratitude—qualities that benefit all.

The Bible tells us, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” ( Genesis 1:31). In today’s language, we might say God clicked on “Like” concerning His creation; in fact, He loved it very much. Why does God love His creation, including man (both men and women)? Because man is as good as God is. In the Bible, Jeremiah expresses it in words that make God’s relationship with man very clear: “I have loved thee with an everlasting love” ( Jeremiah 31:3). And Jesus’ whole career shines a light on the joy and love God has for man. Every healing Jesus accomplished is actually a public affirmation of the fact that God says, “I love you” and that God’s creation is “very good.” The light of the Christ manifested by Jesus leads us all to the understanding that God is Love and that His creation is the expression of Love. We, too, can acknowledge the true status of our fellow men and women as the creation of God, always loved.

In today’s language, we might say God clicked on “Like” concerning His creation; in fact He loved it very much.

Today it is important to be kept current and “abreast of the times,” of the needs and interests of people (Mary Baker Eddy, Manual of The Mother Church, p. 44). Do we apply this to our concept of God, too, or is our concept obsolete? Do we mentally click on “Don’t like it anymore”? At one point in my life, I discovered that I had not “downloaded” all the available “updates,” as one might say in computer language, and that I was distracted by old “programs” that were not up to humanity’s current state of advancement. For a long time, one of these old programs for me was believing that sickness is real and tolerated by God. As long as I allowed this old program to determine my thinking, my general feelings about God tended to be “Don’t like.”

Then I learned that a more accurate understanding of God existed, which I could make my own. It would allow new light to shine on my thinking about God and disease. The update I’m talking about—one that is available to the world today—is Christian Science. This Science is actually not new, but our systems of thought may need to be upgraded for us to be able to use it.

Christian Science presents God as completely good and all-powerful, as incapable of knowing or creating evil , and of accepting evil as a harmful influence. God is All-in-all, and disease is no part of His creation. Indeed, Christian Science describes God in the same way that Jesus made clear and that all his actions demonstrated: God is totally good, loving, and lovable. God loved Jesus as His Son, and Jesus loved God with his whole heart.

I remember a time when this dawned on me, when my thought about God approached spiritual reality. The practical aspect and benefit of this new understanding of reality was proved when, after a bad fall that affected my back and neck, I was able to go back to work within two days, completely healed. It had become so clear to me that God is only good, does not allow accidents, and knows no effects from an accident. I loved this updated sense of God with all my heart and felt His love for me, too. The result was that I was healed immediately. You could say that this was a mutual, publicly visible “liking” experience.

I am so grateful for the many Christian Science resources available today, which help me update my thinking constantly and afford me wonderful new views of reality. These resources include the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, as well as Mary Baker Eddy’s other writings, the magazines of The Christian Science Publishing Society, and JSH-Online, including Herald-Online, with its wonderful online sharing. With my whole heart, I like to find things and click “Like,” just because I am so grateful and happy to share them with others.