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The convergence of three lights in human consciousness

On Monday, many people sought out high spots out of range of artificial lights so that they could catch a glimpse of two stars--the planets Saturn and Jupiter--converging to produce a bright light in the sky. As two friends of mine climbed a hill to get a better vantage point, they said that the clouds that had been hiding the night sky parted, and there was the bright star produced by that convergence!

It reminded me of another convergence we are celebrating today with Christmas and with the Christian Science Bible lesson this week on "Christian Science" -- the convergence in human consciousness of three lights in the heavens: Christ, Christianity and Christian Science.  Unlike the two small planets, these three lights are infinite in scope, power and brightness.  

This convergence does not fade after simply a few moments or days.  This light of the Christ Truth is here to stay, eternally present, always in operation, forever blessing all mankind, because the virgin birth of Christ Jesus and His promised Comforter, the divine Science of the Christ, reveal God, Love, as our real Father-Mother and each of us as God's precious, beloved children!  

This light of infinite Good fills all space, so there cannot be, nor has there ever been, any darkness of evil and suffering.  God, ever-present Good, is omnipotent, so there cannot be, nor has there ever been, any opposing power or influence to impede the healing power of Good.  The light of this pure goodness is the only reality of our being.   

There is no place in this universe that this convergence of light is not seen and felt.  The clouds of personal sense or the physical senses may seem to be hiding this light, but if we are praying daily to purify and spiritualize our love and gratitude for God and for God's creation (each one of us), and looking with joyful expectation, we too will see those ephemeral clouds of material sense dissolving to reveal that healing Christ light shining in the hearts of everyone we meet, everyone who comes to thought, and everyone needing to feel the healing power of that infinite light.

Are we expecting to see it?  Are we looking for it everywhere?  Then we can rejoice with exceeding great joy, for we will too will be blessed by this healing light of God's Love.  Hallelujah!

May your Christmas be filled with the light of this healing Christ love!

Christine Driessen

What is our response to injustice?

Reading between the lines in the 5th section [Matt. 15] of this week’s Bible lesson on Sacrament*, there is this story:  At the time of the feast, Pilate says to the Pharisees and to the mobs of people screaming for Jesus' crucifixion, "I traditionally release to you one person who is condemned to death. Shall I release Jesus to you?”  Jesus’ only crime was to uphold God’s law in contradiction to the man-made Pharisaical laws. 

However, there had been an "insurrection" and one of those men involved in the insurrection, Barnabas, committed murder and so was condemned to die.  So the mobs cried, "No!  Release Barnabas!  Crucify Jesus!"

Oxford dictionary defines "insurrection" as, “The act of rising against authority or government; rebellion; revolt, uprising."

Noah Webster's Dictionary of 1828 defines it as, "A rising against civil or political authority; the open and active opposition of a number of persons to the execution of law in a city or state. It is equivalent to sedition, except that sedition expresses a less extensive rising of citizens. It differs from rebellion, for the latter expresses a revolt, or an attempt to overthrow the government, to establish a different one or to place the country under another jurisdiction"

Insurrection and rebellion describe exactly what is going on in our country right now under the false label of righteousness and justice! The carnal mind mesmerized the angry mob into punishing the innocent and advocating for the guilty.  It justifies murder of many innocent people because one person died.  

This raises the question: Is this how Christ Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy taught us to overcome evil?

Christ Jesus washed the feet of his betrayer and the feet of those who were going to deny and abandon him--washed away the dust of a material view of man [Gen. 2-3; see also, John 13].  Then he began introducing them to the "Gen. 1 MAN”—divine Love's spiritual, pure idea— through his own submission to crucifixion and resurrection in order to remove the sins of the world, rather than attempting to crucify others for their sins. 

When Jesus was arrested, Peter pulled out a sword and cut off the ear of the servant of the high priest who was coming to arrest him—using violence to punish injustice!  Jesus' response was to heal his enemy's ear!   Jesus said, "All that take the sword shall perish by the sword." [Matt. 26, John 18].

"On which side are we fighting?" Mrs. Eddy asks.  [SH 216:3; Mis. 177:1-20].  

I am beginning to see more and more clearly what she meant when she said, "I am asked, “What are your politics?” I have none, in reality, other than to help support a righteous government; to love God supremely, and my neighbor as myself."  [My 276:23].

She wrote: 
"No mortal mind has the might or right or wisdom to create or to destroy. All is under the control of the one Mind, even God."  [SH 544:14–17]

"Evil is sometimes a man's highest conception of right, until his grasp on good grows stronger." [SH 327:9–10].

"We must realize the ability of mental might to offset human misconceptions and to replace them with the life which is spiritual, not material."  [SH 428:19].  

"Human hate has no legitimate mandate and no kingdom. Love is enthroned." [SH 454:9].

Our lesson on Sacrament ends with the most powerful answer to the question, “Which side are we supporting? What did Christ Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy teach us by their own lives?”:

"When the human element in him struggled with the divine, our great Teacher said: “Not my will, but Thine, be done!” — that is, Let not the flesh, but the Spirit, be represented in me. This is the new understanding of spiritual Love. It gives all for Christ, or Truth. It blesses its enemies, heals the sick, casts out error, raises the dead from trespasses and sins, and preaches the gospel to the poor, the meek in heart.”  (SH 33:18)

This is what we, as Christian Scientists, must be demonstrating!


Christine Driessen


Obedience facing the Red Sea and the cross brings healing!

Another amazing Bible lesson!  Sacrament! 

Traditionally in Biblical times people sacrificed first born animals or even their own first born children to appease the “gods” for their sins and to stop the suffering.  When the children of Israel put the blood of a lamb over their door in obedience to God’s command, their first born sons did not die, but were spared.  When Moses led them out of their ‘bondage to Egypt’ (material laws, medical opinions, bodily pains and pleasures, the five physical senses), things just seemed to get worse—much worse!  They began thinking, “Perhaps being enslaved to matter and medicine isn’t as bad as the uncertainty of trusting God.”

But God was teaching Moses and the children of Israel (that is, all of us) that it is not sacrificing things dear to us which brings freedom from suffering, but rather learning to be obedient to God’s laws and to trust His unerring, harmonious care for us no matter how aggressive the picture of evil may seem!

When the material picture looked overwhelming to them (Pharaoh and 600 armed chariots bearing down on them, trapped at the Red Sea), Moses turned his back on the threat of death and lifted his eyes and heart up to God, desiring only to obey God.  As we know, God led them safely through the Red Sea and disposed of all the enemy threats of death.

Throughout the Old Testament, God explains through His prophets that He does not want us to sacrifice or lose anything dear to us—not our health nor our lives, not our loved ones nor our livelihood.  God’s desire is only that we obey His voice without questioning; trusting that Spirit, not matter, is the reality; totally trusting divine Love to deliver us.  (I Samuel 15:22)

Since that is easier said than done, for most of us, God sent His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus, to demonstrate for us what it means to be God’s beloved children and what it means to obey God implicitly.  That is why Jesus knew that his final demonstration for all of us would have to be his willingness to submit to betrayal, denial, abandonment, torture and crucifixion, so that he could demonstrate the healing power of obedience to the two great Commandments:

  1. In the Garden of Gethsemane, knowing that he had the ability to call down 72,000 angels to deliver and defend him from crucifixion, instead he prayed the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy will be done!  Not my will, but Thine be done.”  He knew no one would believe that someone in the flesh could overcome the world’s hatred and violence, if he did not demonstrate through his unwavering love for and trust in the omnipotence of infinite, everpresent Good to deliver us.  His obedience to God’s ‘will’ helps to redeem us from our disobedience and suffering!

  2. On the cross, when reviled, ridiculed and rejected by all but John and the women, he demonstrated the second great Commandment, saying, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”  God is of too pure eyes to behold evil, so God’s reflection, Man, cannot possibly know evil or do evil.  It is simply the carnal mind, ignorant of itself, that is trying to put on an aggressive, but illusory show of evil; however, it has no power.

What stood out to me reading the lesson this time, and reading the whole story in Mark, was when Jesus cried out on the cross,  "My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?"  Too many people think that Jesus believed God had failed him. But that's not what was going on here!

Jesus is quoting the Scriptures which prophesied his crucifixion and resurrection, affirming that God is in complete control. That quote comes from Psalms 22:1, but the whole Psalms prophesies in specific detail his crucifixion – – they pierced my hands and my feet; they divided up my clothes, and cast lots for my vesture; they see me and scorn me saying, "He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let Him deliver him...". Psalms 22 ends by saying, future generations will share his words and the story of his resurrection and ours!  He will succeed in overcoming this aggressive picture.

Jesus knew the Bible—Word of God—intimately and was going through it to affirm the truth of God’s Word.  Ps. 22 is of course followed by the 23rd Psalms!  What a powerful, comforting prayer for Jesus--walking through the valley of the shadow of death, and realizing he dwells in the consciousness of divine Love. 

The Gospel of Mark says that he then “gave up the ghost.”  And when the centurion saw that Jesus had already passed on so quickly (in only three hours he made the demonstration over the belief of life and sensation in matter, whereas they said most men hung on a cross suffering for days)*, the centurion said, "Truly this man was the Son of God."

Lee Strobel, in his book and DVD, "The Case for Christ"**, says that this is what turned him from atheism to Christianity, when Bible scholars showed him that there were 48 specific prophetic passages in the Old Testament written hundreds of years earlier, and in some cases, over a thousand years earlier, long before Romans came up with the idea of crucifixion.  

Strobel interviewed a college professor of math and science who said that “the odds of any human being throughout human history being able to fulfill [all 48 Old Testament] messianic prophecies [through his healing work, his crucifixion and resurrection] would be one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion!”  All of these events have been confirmed by many eye witnesses, including rulers and his own enemies, and by historians during that early period.  Strobel (and the Centurion in the Gospel of Mark), concluded, “If he came back from death, that is conclusive evidence that he is the Son of God.” 

In Matthew 15:34, where he appears to be crying out to God in hopelessness, he is actually turning away from the body and pain totally (he already rejected the drug offered him to allay the suffering) and is instead turning to God’s Word, God’s law, affirming the Scriptural prophecy of God's unfailing government.  His example can be very inspiring and strengthening to all of us when we seem to be going through overwhelming challenges!  God's Love never fails! 

But in order to have that kind of strength, moral courage and steadfastness, Jesus had to first learn:  "Thy will (may God's will) be done!"  He had to first trust, teach and demonstrate obedience to God’s will.  He showed that God’s will is that we prosper and be at peace, but we can demonstrate it only through trusting Spirit as the only power, the only Mind, the only Lawgiver, and then remaining faithful to this truth, no matter what seems to be going on. 

My take-away from this story?  The sooner we let go of self-will and self-righteousness, let go of our love for self and body and the material world, and the sooner we focus totally on the allness and supremacy of Spirit, infinite Good, divine Love, and obey God’s will, the sooner we find ourselves in the promised land of healing.  Since Jesus taught that we are all one in him as he is one in God, therefore, we are all capable of breaking free from the bondage of materialism!  Jesus promised that we too could do the healing works that he did, and see the dream of suffering disappear—for all mankind!

Christine Driessen

* Mary Baker Eddy talks about the brevity of Jesus’ time on the cross:
Mis. 163:5
No 33:13-17

** "The Case for Christ—Investigating the Evidence for Jesus", by Lee Strobel.  DVD with 6 sessions; 2008, 2013.  Strobel was a Chicago Tribune investigative reporter for many years and an avowed, adamant atheist, until he began researching the case for Christ, and the evidence was so overwhelming that he became a Christian minister!

If infinite Good knows no evil, how can we?

So, I was re-reading “Unity of Good”, again!  An incredible book by Mary Baker Eddy!  But this time, her message just leapt out at me.

Mrs. Eddy addresses in this book the question which religious people have debated for centuries—a question which has turned many people to atheism.  If God is so good, why is there so much evil and injustice in the world?  Who causes it?  Does God, or does man?  If it is God, some say, who would want to believe in a god who is so cruel as to create evil, or so helpless as to allow us to suffer evil.  And if God is not the cause, therefore it must be man, and God is not all powerful or all good.  Then mankind begins fighting over which people are to blame?  

Ironically, all opposing viewpoints can present material evidence to support their theories of blame.  And from these two explanations come all the divisions, wars, hatred and violence in the world!  “In Romans (ii. 15) we read the apostle's description of mental processes wherein human thoughts are “the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.”  (Un. 21:1–3).  The carnal mind is always accusing the other side for its sins, while excusing its own sins!

But “Unity of Good” presents an entirely unique approach to this question.  Not unique to Christ Jesus or Paul or the early Christians, of course!  But definitely unique to anyone who begins with the material picture of evil and injustice, and then tries to eliminate it.  And yet human approaches have never eliminated evil nor protected the innocent from suffering.

Christ Jesus taught in his Sermon on the Mount, that although everyone says we must hate our enemies [if we are good, our enemies must be bad and the source of all injustice], instead we must “love our enemies, do good to them who hate us and pray for them who despitefully use us and persecute us, that we may be the children of God.”  (Matt. 5:43-48).  The material world responds:  “That would just allow evil and injustice to spread unchecked.”  Actually, no, it is just the opposite, as Jesus proved!

Christ Jesus taught that as he was one with his Father, God, and that we too are ALL one with him.  He demonstrated through his life that God is divine Love itself, governing all creation with mercy, justice and peace.  When people were ready to stone a woman taken in the very act of adultery (and it wasn’t even recorded on a cell phone!), he helped them to see that we all sin in this human experience and we all must be humble enough to forgive, or else we are condemning ourselves to suffer.  “Let Truth uncover and destroy error in God's own way, and let human justice pattern the divine.”  (SH 542:19–21).

To respond to the self-righteous, self-justifying, and self-pitying human thought which inevitably suggests, “But you don’t know how much we have suffered at the hands of evil”, Jesus purposely allowed his enemies to lie about him, torture him, and nail him to a cross to kill him.  Then on the cross, he said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34).  Rather than being destroyed by evil, Christ Jesus was resurrected to life, demonstrating that divine Love alone triumphs over evil.

John, the beloved disciple of Jesus, who faced and overcame injustice, hatred and violence, wrote, “God is love; and he who dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. ...If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: ...And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love his brother also.” (I John 4:16, 20-21).

“God is of purer eyes than to behold evil,” the Bible tells us (Hab. 1:13).  So man, made in God’s image, could not possibly know evil.  It is the false, material sense of man which seems to sin.  So Jesus showed us we must be born again of the Spirit, not of the flesh. (John 3:3-7).  Paul describes it as putting off the old man, and putting on the “new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”  (Eph. 4:24).  Overcoming evil in the world has to begin with our own thought and our own life.

When we say, “We are good and honest, but they are the evil ones,” we are actually breaking the First Commandment.  When someone came up to Jesus and said, “Good Master…”, he immediately corrected them.  “Why do you call me good?  There is none good, but one, that is God [Spirit]….I can do nothing on my own….The Spirit alone gives eternal life; human effort accomplishes nothing.”  (Matt. 19:17 KJV; John 5:30 and 6:63 NLT).

This is where we get off track.  It is the 5 physical senses, the carnal mind and material world which mesmerize us into believing that evil exists because, it says, there are evil people and good people.  Jesus taught us that God alone is good and he demonstrated that evil is not a person nor a power, but is simply an aggressive world belief tempting us to deny the allness and supremacy of Spirit, infinite Good.  Mary Baker Eddy explains, “Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense.” (SH 71:2).  

In Unity of Good, Mrs. Eddy writes, “As we come closer to the true understanding of God, we lose all sense of error….God is All-in-all.  He is all the Life and Mind there is or can be.…If He is All, He can have no consciousness of anything unlike Himself, because if He is omnipresent, there can be nothing outside of Himself. …. To understand Him, without a single taint of our mortal, finite sense of sin, sickness or death, is to approach Him and become like Him….[A]s we get still nearer Him, we must forever lose our own consciousness of error….God forbids man’s acquaintance with evil.  Why? Because evil is no part of the divine knowledge. …[B]ecause God is All, a realization of this fact dispels even the sense or consciousness of sin, and brings us nearer to God. . . .”  (Un. 7:22). 

If one watches the news or reads the papers, it is so easy to be pulled in one direction or another with a feeling of anger towards the pictures of injustice and hatred being displayed on all sides.  But it is pure mesmerism—the serpent trying to entice us to believe that a “knowledge of good AND evil” will make us wiser and able to destroy evil, not realizing that it is luring us into believing that evil is real as person, place or thing; and then we too find ourselves suffering because we have denied God’s allness. 

In a testimony entitled, “Healed of difficulty in breathing,” Kathy Harvey tells of suffering from a severe cough and inability to breath, with other distressing symptoms—a condition which continued quite a while in spite of prayer and later medical treatment.  When she turned back to Christian Science and called a practitioner, the practitioner asked her why she was so angry!  She replied that she was not!  But after prayerful consideration, she realized just how angry she was at her family for pushing her into medical treatment; angry at herself for succumbing to the pressure; and angry towards the world because of all the turmoil she saw in the media.

She and the practitioner worked with two ideas from Mrs. Eddy.  "Outside the material sense of things, all is harmony" (SH 489).  She saw that God's law of harmony was always in operation and nothing could possibly disturb her calmness and equilibrium. “God's voice was the only voice I had to listen to. He would never tell me how sad or bad His children were, so I didn't have to react to what I was hearing on television or reading in the newspapers. I could rest peacefully in the knowledge that I was dearly loved, content, always living in my Father's approving atmosphere, like all of God's other precious children.” The second passage was from Mary Baker Eddy's hymn "Christ My Refuge": "And o'er earth's troubled, angry sea/I see Christ walk."  Very soon she was completely free!

In my last blog, I quoted from Unity of Good, page 11, where Mrs. Eddy writes, “Jesus taught us to walk over, not into or with, the currents of matter, or mortal mind…. He required neither cycles of time nor thought in order to mature fitness for perfection and its possibilities.”  When Christ walked over the tumultuous sea, it was immediately calm: “Peace Be still!”  Are we walking with divine Love, seeing only infinite Good, and demonstrating peace and wholeness here and now?  

If Mrs. Eddy had allowed herself to become embroiled in the human politics of taking sides and attaching evil to certain people, would she have been able to heal instantly a cancer which had eaten into the jugular vein?   She explained, “[W]hen I have most clearly seen and most sensibly felt that the infinite recognizes no disease, this has not separated me from God, but has so bound me to Him as to enable me instantaneously to heal a cancer which had eaten its way to the jugular vein. In the same spiritual condition I have been able to replace dislocated joints and raise the dying to instantaneous health.”  (Un. 7:8–15).  

If infinite Good includes disease, sin or evil of any sort, it is no longer infinite Good!  I have found this particular passage very helpful to contemplate daily:  “There is not sufficient spiritual power in the human thought to heal the sick or the sinful. Through the divine energies alone one must . . . get out of himself and into God so far that his consciousness is the reflection of the divine . . .”  (Mis. 352:21–25).

If we want to be able to heal disease instantly as Christ Jesus did and as Mary Baker Eddy was able to do, we must first understand that God’s man is not a sinner and there is no other real man but God’s man.  “Jesus came announcing Truth, and saying not only “the kingdom of God is at hand,” but “the kingdom of God is within you.” Hence there is no sin, for God's kingdom is everywhere and supreme, and it follows that the human kingdom is nowhere, and must be unreal.” (No 35:24–28).  

Obviously those words are empty if we are not first proving the powerlessness of sin in our own lives, by purifying our thoughts, motives and actions, by obeying God’s commandments, and by seeing only God’s pure, holy creation everywhere.  

“Sooner of later the whole human race will learn that, in proportion as the spotless selfhood of God is understood, human nature will be renovated, and man will receive a higher selfhood, derived from God, and the redemption of mortals from sin, sickness and death be established on everlasting foundations.”
(Un. 6:4).

The New Century

   Tis writ on earth, on leaf and flower:
    Love hath one race, one realm, one power.
    Dear God! how great, how good Thou art
    To heal humanity's sore heart;
    To probe the wound, then pour the balm -
    A life perfected, strong and calm.
    The dark domain of pain and sin
    Surrenders - Love doth enter in,
    And peace is won, and lost is vice:
    Right reigns, and blood was not its price.

(Poems, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 22:12 )


Christine Driessen


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Open our eyes to see God's law of progress here and now!

"Lord, ... open [our] eyes, that [we] may see,"
The mighty prophet prayed.
Send not armies great and strong,
Neither strength to battle wrong,
But lift [our] vision to behold
Your truth already here,
The legions of omnipotence,
The hosts of Your deliverance.
Awake, O man, and know
Love's all-embracing sphere.”  [Hymn 527:1]

What is going on???  Every time we turn around the media presents us with purportedly new evidence of the everpresence and dominance of evil that only we humans can bring an end to, and there must be some group to blame and punish.  Daily, we are being drawn into some new drama which is pulling on our heartstrings and appealing to our intellect and integrity, begging us to believe that evil—evil people, organizations, and politicians—is in control; demanding that we join our voices with the masses who cry, ‘There has been no progress.  Injustice, hatred and corruption reign.’ 

And yet Mary Baker Eddy was led by God to write, “Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense.. . .Evil is not supreme; good is not helpless; nor are the so-called laws of matter primary, and the law of Spirit secondary. Without this lesson, we lose sight of the perfect Father, or the divine Principle of man.”   (SH 71:2; 207:10).  

She also taught, “Progress is the law of God, whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfill.” (SH 233:60.  Do we really believe there has been no progress over the last 50 years since the Civil Rights movement began—a movement that was based entirely on prayer to and trust in God?  I was a college student in 1968 and witnessed first hand the rioting in Paris and Berlin, and in Chicago, the police brutality was so close to home.  I promise you, things have changed drastically since then and there has been so much progress in racial relations.  Perfect yet?  Not by a long shot!

But look at the evidence that prayer does stop injustice, prejudice, violence and corruption:

  • Over 2800 articles and testimonies in the periodicals with healings involving the police, in many cases written by the police themselves who were praying to heal the situation.
  • In 1968 you could not have singled out officers who were being violent, because it was pretty much across the board.  Today there are over 660,000 officers and one was caught in the act this month.  Considering how many people have their phone cameras ready to videotape any sign of prejudice, violence or hate, that is saying a lot. 
  • Recent studies done by a Harvard economist and researchers at University of Maryland and Michigan State University surprised even the researchers.  They found that police prejudice and violence is not systemic; the trend has been reversed; there has been phenomenal progress compared to most other countries.

Are we looking for evidence of progress or are we accepting the aggressive suggestion that evil is succeeding?  If we accept the false belief that prejudice and violence are systemic, then we are saying that God’s law of progress is no longer in operation.  If we accept this, we are undermining all of our prayers for ourselves and our family.  On which side are we fighting?  

Human sympathy for a particular person or group inevitably results in condemnation of other individuals or groups, and then, “love your neighbor as yourself” becomes “loves those you choose to love, and hate those you choose to hate.  “Neither sympathy nor society should ever tempt us to cherish error in any form, and certainly we should not be error's advocate.”   (SH 153:31)

Christlike compassion embraces everyone involved and lifts everyone out of the belief that man, God’s man, the only man that ever existed, could be a sinner or could suffer. 

When I was falsely arrested walking home from school during the Paris riots and put into prison where I witnessed brutality and violence towards innocent people, as well as to those who had been rioting, I saw right away that I had a choice to make.  If I bought into the narrative that the 5 physical senses were presenting to me, and reacted with anger, indignation, or even hatred for the seeming injustice, I would have become a part of that dream and would have suffered too.  Instead I lifted my thought up to God and affirmed, “God is the judge, God is the lawgiver, God is the king; He will save us”—all of us from this dream of dualism.  (Is. 33:22). 

I affirmed that divine Love alone governed the police, the riot squad and the jailers and so they naturally expressed mercy, compassion, and goodness.  I affirmed that the divine Principle was governing the rioters, who had thrown pavés (large rocks) and Molotov cocktails at the police who were trying to protect the city and its residents, and that Principle was manifesting in them obedience to law, trust in good, compassion for all mankind.  The all-powerful, everpresent Father-Mother Love was guarding and protecting the innocent, so there could be no counteracting influence or power to separate them or any of us from God’s care.

My prayers brought an immediate cessation of the crying and screaming in my cell and around the prison.  The guards stopped taking people away to interrogate and abuse them.  I prayed on into the night and the peace continued.  In the middle of the night, the guards came back for me, but I knew I was secure in God’s keeping and that God was governing them as well.  They released me without every having touched me, and soon released my friend as well.

If you have not watched recently my video lecture entitled, “Healing Violence through the Christ Love”, you might want to do so now:

It is filled with examples of God’s protecting power in the face of injustice, hatred and violence.  Every single time that I or others have turned whole heartedly to God, divine Love, as the only source of government and recognized that all mankind is embraced in and protected by this divine law, every time the result was healing. 

Or my daughter’s testimony of healing and protection for all involved, when she was caught between two warring tribes in Togo, West Africa, after a guard at the jail killed a young doctor out of prejudice towards his tribe:

For the last fifty years there have been many people from diverse backgrounds praying for the healing of prejudice and violence.  If we listen to what the carnal mind is telling us every night on the news, we will end up believing that prayer does not work—whether for the belief of disease or violence or corruption.  But if we look for evidence of the healing power of the Christ everywhere around us, I promise you, you will find progress.  You will see evidence that prayer is effective, more than any human effort could ever be.  And more than that, we will find healing taking place right now for all of God’s children.

Mrs. Eddy writes, “Human fear of miasma [a polluting, oppressive or foreboding atmosphere or influence) would load with disease the air of Eden, and weigh down mankind with superimposed and conjectural evils.. . . Science shows that material, conflicting mortal opinions and beliefs emit the effects of error at all times, but this atmosphere of mortal mind cannot be destructive to morals and health when it is opposed promptly and persistently by Christian Science. Truth and Love antidote this mental miasma, and thus invigorate and sustain existence.”  (SH 176:17–19; 273:29–3)

From beginning to end, this week’s lesson addresses everything going on right now.  “Say not, there are yet five months until the harvest” when these problems will be addressed in a new election.  Thought is ready now for a Christly scientific answer to heal these aggressive lies.

“Jesus taught us to walk over, not into or with, the currents of matter, or mortal mind. ... He demanded a change of consciousness and evidence, and effected this change through the higher laws of God. ... Jesus stooped not to human consciousness, nor to the evidence of the senses. ... neither red tape nor indignity hindered the divine process. Jesus required neither cycles of time nor thought in order to mature fitness for perfection and its possibilities. He said that the kingdom of heaven is here, and is included in Mind; that while ye say, There are yet four months, and then cometh the harvest, I say, Look up, not down, for your fields are already white for the harvest; and gather the harvest by mental, not material processes. The laborers are few in this vineyard of Mind-sowing and reaping; but let them apply to the waiting grain the curving sickle of Mind's eternal circle, and bind it with bands of Soul.”(Un. 11:3–4, 10–12, 14–15, 23)

“Lord, open my eyes that I may see
Your presence everywhere,
My dwelling circled by Your might,
My mountaintop aflame with light,
The shining sentinels of Your love
Triumphant in this hour.
For You with me are greater far
Than all the seeming evils are.
Be still, O heart, and trust
God's omnipresent power.”
(The Christian Science Hymnal, No.  527:2)


Christine Driessen

Are we "fretting" or healing?

In the first section of this week's lesson on Probation After Death, Mrs. Eddy has a very startling comment and an unusual use of the word "fret" in her Glossary definition of “Death”.  The definition includes: "The flesh, warring against Spirit; that which frets itself free from one belief only to be fettered by another, until every belief of life where Life is not yields to eternal Life." (SH 584:9–15)

The definition of the word "fret" in the dictionary of Mrs. Eddy's time, the Noah Webster's (NW), includes this:

“Fret - To be worn away, be corroded; to wear away by friction; to be agitated or in violent commotion; to be vexed, irritated or angry.” 

In researching Mrs. Eddy's use of the word "fret" in her writings, I found the following helpful thoughts which cast light on this definition of death in our lesson:

"Prophets and apostles suffered from the thoughts of others. Their conscious being was not fully exempt from physicality and the sense of sin. Until he awakes from his delusion, he suffers least from sin who is a hardened sinner. The hypocrite's affections must first be made to fret in their chains; and the pangs of hell must lay hold of him ere he can change from flesh to Spirit, become acquainted with that Love which is without dissimulation and endureth all things. Such mental conditions as ingratitude, lust, malice, hate, constitute the miasma of earth. More obnoxious than Chinese stenchpots are these dispositions which offend the spiritual sense."  (Un. 56:18–2)

Miasma is defined as “an infectious or noxious vapour…which pollutes the atmostphere.” “The noxious exhalations from diseased bodies.”   (Oxford and NW Dict.).

Chinese stench pots or stink pots were an incendiary and suffocating weapon used in the 19th C., Qing Dynasty, especially in naval battles to create sufficient confusion for the enemy crew to be overcome.

"Animal magnetism fosters suspicious distrust where honor is due, fear where courage should be strongest, reliance where there should be avoidance, a belief in safety where there is most danger; and these miserable lies, poured constantly into his mind, fret and confuse it, spoiling that individual's disposition, undermining his health, and sealing his doom, unless the cause of the mischief is found out and destroyed."   (My 211:20)

And from Mrs. Eddy's powerful Christmas Sermon on Christ Jesus:

"From this dazzling, God-crowned summit, the Nazarene stepped suddenly before the people and their schools of philosophy; Gnostic, Epicurean, and Stoic. He must stem these rising angry elements, and walk serenely over their fretted, foaming billows. ...Materiality, worldliness, human pride, or self-will, by demoralizing his motives and Christlikeness, would have dethroned his power as the Christ.  To carry out his holy purpose, he must be oblivious of human self."  (Mis.162:6, 25–29)

"It is doubtful if the Cause of Christian Science could prosper, in any particular, on the basis of fretful or reluctant sacrifice on the part of its people." (My 10:17–20)

"... Your love and fidelity cheer my advancing years. As Christian Scientists you understand the Scripture, “Fret not thyself because of evil-doers;” also you spiritually and scientifically understand that God is divine Love, omnipotent, omnipresent, infinite; hence it is enough for you and me to know that our “Redeemer liveth” and intercedeth for us."  (My 135:26)

In a letter to Clara Choate:

“May God give you all you need for this and every other hour, and He will.  You are growing and the furnace is where He brings out His image.  Fret not thyself because of evil doers they can never get me to believe a lie about you and they get lessons from me every time they tell one, that at least, they ought to remember.  Do not grieve dear student I am sad every time I think of your dispirited look at Sabbath.  There will come a change for you soon and remember we are never in danger when we are in affliction, we only are in danger from prosperity.  Your success in healing will tell the truth of you and shame your enemies if you have any.”  [L02468]

In case you would like to dig deeper, here is a link to a document that has some more extracts from the unpublished letters of Mary Baker Eddy—examples of when she talked about “fretting”. Some of the first few letters are to students who did not listen to her warnings and ended up leaving Christian Science (E.J. Foster Eddy (Benny) and Augusta Stetson; in one letter to Benny, she adds to the letter three times in an attempt to get him to wake up!). One is a letter to a Committee on Publication (McCrackan) and the last two are Mrs. Eddy’s thoughts on her own fretting over evil and evil fretting over good.

Dig deeper - Fretting vs. Healing


Christine Driessen

The blood of the Lamb

In Exodus we read that the Israelites were faced with the picture of a spreading disease that was much worse than what we are facing today. Since the Egyptians believed firmly in the power of matter and evil, they also accepted the suggestion that evil could harm them and so they appeared to suffer and die. And yet when Moses told the Israelites to put the blood of an unblemished lamb on their door, which they did without understanding yet its full significance, none of them were harmed by the belief of disease. Mrs. Eddy shows us its more metaphysical significance: our need to guard our consciousness with the purity and innocence of the Lamb—the Christ understanding of God’s spiritual man. 

Later while wandering in the wilderness, trying to reach the promised land (of healing), they were told they needed to turn from the sin of worshipping matter and self, to instead worshipping and trusting Spirit as the only power. To atone for their sins, they began sacrificing something pure and innocent, something precious to them, (a lamb)—to show remorse and repentance for having worshipped material gods. The Greek and Hebrew words for atonement and propitiation include the idea of purification and a cleansing from all sin through this act. Later they came to understand that the real sacrifice God requires is for us to repent, obey his commandments, listen to His voice, do His will, keep His law in our hearts, to praise and be grateful to God and merciful to our fellow man, and to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God. 

John the Baptist talks about Christ Jesus as the Lamb of God and this week’s Bible lesson explores the sacrifice Christ Jesus made in order to help lift us out of sin, by voluntarily allowing his enemies to try to destroy him through crucifixion. But the blood of the Lamb does not refer to Jesus’ actual blood, but rather to the purification and protection which come from absolute obedience to God’s commandments, and unwavering faith in the power of divine Love to eliminate all evil and prosper us. 

Jesus demonstrated for us how to do this. He silenced human will, refusing to use prayer to avoid a confrontation with the material world; instead he humbly submitted to and trusted God’s will, knowing that it would lift him and all of us out of the belief of life in matter. He remained silent before his persecutors and on the cross said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do,” – recognizing only God’s man rather than reacting to the illusion of sinful man. 

On the cross he did not take drugs to allay the pain nor did he pray to make the pain go away. He was conscious only of the fulfillment of prophecy and his need to demonstrate God as the only Life. And his purity, innocence and obedience to God are what lifted him out of that experience so quickly and demonstrated Life in Spirit, untouched by human hatred, by matter, or by material laws. He was willing to go through this supreme sacrifice in order to show us divine Love alone can lift us out of the bondage of sin—a pure love for God and obedience to His laws, and a pure love for our fellow man by seeing them as God sees them—good, pure and sinless. 

My mother faced a cross-like experience in her early 70’s, during a period when there was great hatred directed towards The Mother Church and those who worked there. She seemed to have a serious fall down the marble steps at church, and in spite of her years of success in healing herself and others, her prayers seemed to be failing. The picture was one of hopelessness and great suffering. But when she turned away from trying to pray away pain or to pray the body into health, and instead just lifted her thought up to purify her love for God and her love for God’s creation—seeing that all of us dwell in the Kingdom of God’s righteous government eternally—she was lifted out of that dream of suffering and went on to have almost 20 more years of the most productive work she had ever done. 

This week’s lesson shows so clearly how we each can and must demonstrate that pure consciousness here and now which provides absolute freedom from the false belief in disease and suffering. Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God—health, peace, dominion—is already within us, and to experience this dominion we need to become as little children—pure, innocent, obedient. His sacrifice was to show us how to do it, but not to do it for us. We must daily, hourly, moment-by-moment, follow in his footsteps—'through repentance, spiritual baptism and regeneration, putting off our material beliefs and false individuality.’ (S&H 241:31). And the Christ enables us to do this. We must overcome in ourselves and help others overcome the sin of believing in a mind or power apart from infinite Good, divine Spirit. Then we will each find that unfailing protection which comes from knowing every single person in this universe is “one with God, Spirit”—the true source of our being, so health is natural to us and can never be lost. 

The lesson ends with Revelation 12, and if we read both verses 10 and 11, the Bible explains how we triumph: 

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, ...” 

The “accuser” in Greek (Thayer’s Lexicon] is the devil which seems to constantly assail consciousness with pictures of mistakes, failures, corruption, sufferings, loss—accusing God’s creation of being a failure. But Christ Jesus demonstrated through his submission to crucifixion and subsequent resurrection that God’s man is pure and perfect, unassailable, unimpeachable, indestructible. The Greek verb rendered “overcame” means, “to conquer and thereby free themselves from the power of the beast; to deprive it of power to harm, to subvert its influence; to win the case at law, to maintain one’s cause. It is used of one who by Christian constancy and courage keeps himself unharmed and spotless from his adversary's devices, solicitations, assaults: the devil; to be victorious,” through the “blood of the Lamb”—the inherent purity and innocence of the Christlike man which each one of us can and must demonstrate. 

[See Mary Baker Eddy’s three articles on this topic, No and Yes, 30 – 38].

Christine Driessen

Easter Blog


With the physical senses straining to convince everyone that evil is real and has the power to spread and control, to deceive and silence God’s creation, this Easter message is exactly what we need today and everyday!

One of my favorite stories is the account of a pastor in Communist Russia when it was called the USSR.  Everyone was controlled by the government and had lost all their freedoms.  Worse, the churches had all been closed down.  One pastor asked the local Communist official if he couldn’t possibly meet with his congregation one more time (it was about this time of year).  The official agreed on condition that the Pastor would allow him, the Communist official, to speak first.  They were given one hour to meet together.  

The Official began by talking to them about the absurdity of believing in God or thinking that their prayers had any power.  He ended up speaking for so long that when he finished, there were only a few minutes left in their alloted hour.  The Official apologized profusely for having taken up so much of their time (although he knew what he was doing).  

The Pastor said it was no problem.  He stood up before his congregation and proclaimed, “HE IS RISEN!”  The entire congregation stood up and echoed, “HE IS RISEN!” and they all left, having heard the only message they needed to hear!  

When the Berlin Wall came down not long after, a Communist official remarked that they were ready for everything except candles and prayers.   

This Easter message of resurrection proving there is no death, no life in matter, only infinite, everpresent spiritual Life—in spite of what had seemed to be overwhelming sense testimony that evil had succeeded in killing Christ Jesus—is totally unique to Christianity and is the gift of the Christ to humankind.  Love had triumphed over hate, Spirit over matter, Good over evil, Truth over corruption, Life over death.

Christianly scientific prayer is effective to overthrow this mesmeric imposition of a material view of man and creation.  We are not praying to stop a virus or get rid of something evil.  Our prayers are rejoicing in the Truth that Good is the only reality that ever existed, and evil is a powerless illusion.  We are rejoicing in Spirit’s allness and our oneness with God. We are rejoicing in divine Love’s unfailing care for all and divine Mind’s omnipotent government of the universe.  

Why can we rejoice in these truths?  Because “HE IS RISEN”—Christ Jesus purposely allowed his so-called enemies to try to destroy his body and his teaching, so that he could return three days later to prove that Life was never in a body nor even subject to material laws, and that good was never controlled by evil.  His resurrection is our resurrection!

Our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, defines “RESURRECTION” as, “Spiritualization of thought; a new and higher idea of immortality, or spiritual existence; material belief yielding to spiritual understanding.”  (SH 593:9).  This lie must yield to Truth’s omnipotence because, ‘HE IS RISEN!”

Christine Driessen

Moses' crash course in Christian Science

This week’s Christian ScienceBible lesson on “Matter” has a wonderful account which addresses one of the most insidious lies being perpetrated by the carnal mind on society—the suggestion that older people are more susceptible to the belief in COVID19.  Hopefully you are studying it in the books rather than Full Text. Otherwise you’ll miss the complete story!

In Exodus 4 we read of God speaking to Moses and telling him that because the children of Israel are in bondage to the Egyptians (representing the false laws of medicine, physiology, pathology, gerontology, sensuality), God wants Moses to go back to Egypt and bring them out of slavery and into the promised land (of healing and freedom).  Moses is 80 years old!

He responds, in effect, “What are you nuts?  Last time I was there, Pharaoh tried to kill me!  Pharaoh has a huge army which could crush us in a second!  He’ll never release us from bondage.” (Sounds like the way the carnal mind argues with us when we pray to be freed from fear and suffering).  “Besides,” the carnal mind probably was suggesting to Moses, “I’m 80 years old. I should have retired long ago. What can I do at this age!”

So God gave Moses a “crash course” in Christian Science!  He said, “What do you have in your hand?” “A rod (the very thing that he had always relied on to protect him, to guide his sheep, to lean on when tired.”  God said, “Throw it down on the ground!” When Moses did, the rod became a poisonous serpent capable of killing him ( or so it seemed). But God said, “Grab it by the tail.”  Now if the dangerous serpent were real, grabbing it by the tail would have resulted in a deadly bite. But God was telling him, “Evil is not real. It has no power. Now act as if you believe that truth.  Grab hold of it with the confidence that it is nothing—absolutely poweless.” When Moses is obedient and trusts God, grabbing the serpent by the tail, it again becomes a staff upon which to lean in any trial that comes up.

If you have read all of Exodus, you will know that when God performs that so-called miracle before Pharaoh’s magicians, they too throw down their rods which become serpents as well.  The matter physicians and material scientists always claims to be able to replicate and replace God’s power. But Moses’ serpent swallows all the other serpents and then becomes a rod again in the hand of Moses.

Although the lesson stops there, I recommend you finish reading about the “crash course in CS” that God is giving to Moses! (Ex. 4:6-8). Next God tells Moses to stick his hand into his shirt and pull it out.  When Moses does this, his hand appears to have developed the dreaded contagious disease called leprosy. But God tells him to stick it back into his shirt again and when he takes it out a second time, his hand is totally normal and healthy.  God was illustrating to Moses that all disease is entirely mental—"the procuring cause and foundation of all sickness” is one of three things: fear, ignorance (not really knowing and believing the allness and supremacy of Spirit), and sin (missing the mark, turning away from God to worship, fear, love matter and the material world).  SH 411:20.

This “crash course in CS” was sufficient to enable Moses to stand up to, overcome and eliminate any opposition to God’s law, God’s plan for His children, or God’s harmonious government.  For 40 years Moses led 600,000 men plus women and children and animals through the desert to the promised land, without any highway rest stops along the way, no 7-Eleven’s, no restaurants, not even any benches to sit on or beds to lie on.  And yet he and the men God gave him to do this work were sustained throughout the whole trial. Their strength, wisdom, and clarity of thought remained until the very end (when Moses was 120 years old). [See also SH 321:6-2 where Mrs. Eddy explains both stories].

Mary Baker Eddy assures us that man is neither young nor old (it’s a good thing, since now mortal mind is suggesting even young adults are susceptible to these lies, but this too is impossible).  We are all at the point of perfection eternally—“the noon of true manhood”. It doesn’t even make sense that people who have been in this human experience for many years would be at risk or that their health and strength could diminish when the fact is that the more we learn about God’s perfection and our oneness with God, the MORE strength, the MORE health, the MORE freedom we should be manifesting year after year after year!

“Let the “male and female” of God's creating appear. Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine “powers that be.” Such is the true Science of being.  (SH 249:5–10)

Christine Driessen