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Where do you get your truth?

March 21, 2016

Facebook?  Media?  Friends?  Church?  Gut?

With the election season in full swing there are lots of sources for “truth” but how do you know what’s actually true?

Jesus famously said, “ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)  He wasn’t speaking at a political rally, but his words helped shape history nonetheless.  Jesus knew that the seeming truth of circumstances and events, of human ways and means, would ultimately pass away.  Yes, it was important to be well informed.  But he was speaking of truth that was larger than just the conditions of his day.  He was speaking of Truth itself, God, that would break the bonds of ignorance, illness, sin, and even death.

Our Master’s simple statement put forth a universal fact: Look to God and strive to know Him.  Doing so will help you sort through all the confusion and find a useful solution for moving forward.

Whether it’s who to vote for in this or any election cycle, or how to overcome fear, or even when seeking renewed health and vigor, turning to God, divine Truth, will reveal how to think deeply and with hope on these and all topics.

To be clear, God is not manipulating human circumstances to get a specific outcome.  But He is bringing forth order, harmony, safety, satisfaction, and usefulness as right components of His creation.  Endowed with those qualities of thought, we – His beloved children – can rightly determine and bring resolution to, any issue that comes to our attention.

This kind of spiritual thinking is the truth that makes you free – free from anger and apathy, or free from illness.

The Bible explains, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  (Proverbs 3:5,6)

Mary Baker Eddy lived this, and encouraged others to “Pray for the prosperity of our country, and for her victory under arms; that justice, mercy, and peace continue to characterize her government, and that they shall rule all nations. Pray that the divine presence may still guide and bless our chief magistrate, those associated with his executive trust, and our national judiciary; give to our congress wisdom, and uphold our nation with the right arm of His righteousness.”  (Prayer for Country and Church, Pan p.14)

The wisdom you need to find your way through today’s issues is yours.  God is pouring it forth and it won’t return unto Him void.  (See Is 55:11)

Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link.  If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.

2 Responses to “Where do you get your truth?”

  1. hilltopcs Says:

    Wow! What a calm, peaceful but powerful view of where our thoughts should lead. In a world where conflict, hatred and violence seem to be the “order of the day” this resetting of the moral compass is much needed. Interesting to me is the difference between true north and magnetic north. As an air traffic controller at a base near the North Pole we were actually east of magnetic north and had to constantly remind air traffic about their position relative to true north. This article just sent my thoughts back to those experiences. I have often thought of magnetic north as similar to the “animal magnetism” that would divert us from “true north” in our spiritual journey. Pilots following their compass heading north would never reach the North Pole but would be lead astray as the magnetic North Pole is southwest of true north. This may sound like a stretch but to me it is proof that when we are attracted by that “mortal sense” and pulled off course, we must drop the magnetic attraction of personal sense, indignation, injustice and human opinion and fly to the True North of the Father’s guidance.


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