Truly, if we are Christians we love breaking down barriers between “us and them.” We are one because we are one in God, and God is ONE.
hai, I'm eve. I am struggling with pornogaphy and I was wondering If you could pray for me?
Dear Eve and others facing this struggle. Fear not—God, infinite Spirit and divine Mind, holds you safe (See Isaiah 41:10-13). You cannot be touched, molested, or soiled by this lie called pornography. Pornography is a lie through and through — about love, about men and women, affection, sex, innocence. IT IS A BIG LIE. The good news? A lie has never been true. More good news? Truth is God. Because God is Truth, God only made what is true — and you are true because you are God’s image and likeness — you reflect the goodness and holiness and purity of God, Truth (see Genesis 1:26-27). So if this LIE isn’t true, it’s not part of Truth, and it isn’t part of God — so it is’t real! The lie is powerless and masquerades as claiming to be part of you. BUT IT ISN’T. The lie has never been part of you because it has never been part of God, Truth. You can realize this— you have God-given power over the lie. How? Take possession of your thought and your body! You can stop, think, even remove yourself from the computer, call for help, call a friend who is good an pure, call a pastor, etc — realize you can get away both from the physical pull, and the mental pull. THE LIE HAS NO POWER. GOD ALONE HAS POWER and therefore you are safe — you are forgiven, loved, and eternally good.
When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious — as Life eternally is — can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not. Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.
You are in our prayers. We will also pass this prayer on to others to pray for you as well.—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.495
Just taking time to hear the Word of God is a health-giving antidote to any difficulty you might face or feel. You can listen online to sermons, you can go to church, or you can listen on your MP3 player or smart phone, you can even read the Word.
Yet, God’s word is even closer than your Bible or your phone. Firstly, God made “man in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26).” Being the image and likeness of God means we’re actually God’s reflection — or the manifestation of God’s appearance and activity. Does this make us God? No. It means we’re part of God, like a ray of light is what makes the sun visible, but is not the sun itself.
Another way the Bible tells us that God’s Word is right at hand is in this statement:
This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord.
—Jer 31:33-34 NIV
We can rest assured that God’s Word is written in the very tablet of our being — in our minds and hearts. And if you can define good, love, etc — you know what God is. God is these things—and you know God if you’re actively expressing God when you feel peace, joy, love, goodness, and so on. Similarly, you can hear God if you know what to listen for. God gives us ideas and direction that express and lead toward goodness, health, harmony, purity.
Listen for these ideas. Sometimes they come from other people, or music. But often they come right into your mind and you can even hear it although it may quiet and still. You’ll know the sound of goodness because the direction you get from God is good, and you’ll know it’s God leading you forward because God only leads toward good and healthy activities.
I know Massachusetts may not be glamorous, but it’s real.
If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.
You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.”
Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created. He hath also stablished them for ever and ever:
Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
—Psalms 148:1-6, 9-13