Rob, Thank you very much for speaking out as you did this weekend, and I thank Sean for doing so as well, and all those who helped debunk some of the arguments that Mrs. Eddy wrote against gays and lesbians in her writings. I was heartened by the applause you received for your boldness in the Spirit and Sean received. We are heading towards being a truly inclusive church—exclusive of mental error and inclusive of our common divinity and humanity.
Christian Science Practitioner – Elgin, IL
April14, 2014 – Church Alive Summit – Schaumburg, IL
“God is tired of having hate-speech put into his mouth by bigots,” organizers write on the campaign’s Indiegogo page.
An illustration of the all-pervading omnipotence of Truth is to be found in the fact discerned and understood through the teaching of Christian Science that not one of our experiences is without its lesson and fruit; and so as we bring to our publications and our testimonial meetings our sheaves, the fruits of success, may not a word rightly be said regarding the fruit that is sometimes born, not through sunshine, but of adversity?
Shakespeare worte : —
Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
He also makes one of his characters speak these words: “Happy is your grace who can thus translate the stubbornness of fortune into so quiet and so sweet a style.” Our Leader tells us in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” p. 344, that as we search for Truth, we shall have “doubts and defeats as well as triumphs.” This does not convey a sense of the necessity for error, for by the law of opposites it is seen that doubt and defeat stand only for incentive.
The mere sense of defeat carries no inspiration and can never help us, but abiding in our teaching and searching for the hidden meaning of defeat, we may find the experience only points the true path and thus urges us to a greater effort, a greater striving for a knowledge of the Truth that, as Jesus said, will make us free.
Our text-book tells us, “Trials are proofs of God’s care;” and, “Every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger;” but this can be so to us only as we turn opposition into opportunity and meet defeat with the desire to know more about God and more about man as His image and likeness. In this way we shall find our experience bearing the fruit of adversity in the striving for and gaining of a greater understanding of what life really is, the reflection of Truth and Love, remembering that Jesus in his manifestation of divine Love was never appealed to in vain, that it enabled him to heal all manner of disease instantly.
The Christian Scientist knows that the Truth that enabled Jesus to do this healing work is his to-day through this teaching. He knows that through the knowledge of this Truth the coming years will witness better work and greater results than the world has ever seen, results to which it is already awakening as the dawn of “the light that never was on sea or land.”
When it is known that the Principle of Christian Science is God, Infinite Good; when its practice is found bringing the fruits of Truth, Love, and healing all over the land; when it is thus proven to be a teaching reasonable, righteous, and demonstrably true, does it not commend itself to all humanity as God’s message in truth and in deed?