Part 4 Illustrating the Flow of Divine Thought from Mind to Consciousness
But what about the human factors? What about mortality, evil, birth, death, the material earth, space, etcetera?
Up until the conclusion of Part 3, we have kept the discussion at the divine level, from the perspective of God. All that is divine is naturally simple! In the realm of spiritual being, which Christian Science defines as valid reality, all permanent substantiality, all that exists in truth, simply IS. As discussed in Part 1, if anything naturally IS, then it cannot stop existing! If there ever could be a moment when something which IS became IS NOT, at that moment it would simply cease to be! In an absence of the human concept called time, i.e. in eternity, can that which is known and created by God, divine Mind, stop being? No. There exists no moment in eternity in which being can stop. To cease existing cancels the concept of eternity, and necessitates a belief in time. It is the belief in time itself which predicates the cessation of being. Except in a supposed mental realm of temporality, nothing can stop being. But God, being eternal in nature, God is of necessity also timeless. To conceive of the cessation of being is completely contrary to eternal and divine thought. On page 470 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy writes
“If there ever was a moment when man did not express the divine perfection, then there was a moment when man did not express God, and consequently a time when Deity was unexpressed — that is, without entity.”
Of course, we all are living life consciously now as human beings, and as such we constantly and continuously deal with the experience of things which appear to start and stop, begin and end, are born, which decay, and which die. How can the presence of these factors be explained?
It is at this point that the impatient scoffer walks away from Christian Science and declares its followers to be deluded or insane, for it is obviously clear that humans live in a world filled with finite and evil experiences.
Let us ask ourselves, “is the goodness and love of God omnipotent and constant, or does it change? “ If we are to remain true to a genuine conviction that God’s goodness is omnipotent, there are two possible explanatory paths that can be followed in the face of the presentation of evil.
The world’s choice
The path which the world chooses to follow is a mental justification for the apparent self-contradictory situation called human life. The human religious world assumes either that God, eternally omnipresent goodness, creates His own self-destructive opposite called the devil, or that God, eternally omnipresent goodness, somehow allows His own opposite to exist and to wreak havoc in within the very infinite atmosphere of peace and harmony in which He eternally reigns, and therefore excludes His own opposite. So the questions logically arise: is God omnipotent, or not? Is God unchanging and constant, or is God variable?
The Christian Science choice
The path which Christian Science chooses to pursue is one which traditionalism misses. Christian Science follows a road seldom considered in the human realm of thought, namely, the adjustment of consciousness itself. What if God’s goodness actually IS eternally present (as has already been logically presented early on in this document) but the consciousness of man is blinded to perfection’s presence by its own educated systems of worldly and carnal belief? What if man is living spiritually in the kingdom of God right now, at this very moment, but the negative thoughts and cares of the materialistic world are hiding that fact from man’s clear perception? What if every appearance of negativity is purely a deceived state of the consciousness of God’s actual positive and substantial nature?
The next question which must naturally follow is “If the goodness of God truly is omnipotent, then what is the origin of this thing called evil which human beings seem to have to endure?” Christian Science answers this question logically, standing firmly and consistently on the platform of the presence of omnipotent goodness.
This article does not aim to delve deeply into verbal philosophical descriptions. Its aim is, rather, to illustrate this method of Christianly scientific thought in a format comprehensible to the logical thinker.
What is going on in thought at the human level of thought?
First, let us once more present the theoretical graphical representation of universally present God and man, which by this time the thoughtful reader should be considering from its universal perspective. Once more:
In Part 2 it was illustrated what happens when God is taken out of the picture. If we were to do that, then man would not and could not even be conscious of anything, for he would have no causation. An effect cannot exist without a cause. We know that man is conscious, because we all know that our own conscious existence cannot be denied. Therefore, whatever we are conscious of must originate in God, because we exist within one infinite and self-contained unit called God and man. There is no valid source of intelligence or power outside of that one unit.
At this point, tradition would like to take the easy and self-contradictory way out by assigning to God the responsibility for giving to us evil. But wait! The picture is not yet complete! Let’s consider that concept which tradition calls “free will”. Part 5 discusses the role mortal man, the fee will, and the human ego.