We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. . . (United States Declaration of Independence)
Mankind’s freedom and independence have been sought after and celebrated since the beginning of recorded history – long before the above statement was written. Moses freed the Israelites from Egyptian slavery and brought them back to the Promised Land. Along the way God gave them Ten Commandments on how to live their freedom responsibly. The Pilgrims pursued rights of conscience and religious freedom in their voyage to the new land.
Freedom is not simply equal rights. It includes being treated without imposition or discrimination. For example, when slaves gained freedom in the United States, only half the battle was won. True equality still needs to be accepted and demonstrated. We all want to be treated respectfully, regardless of gender, color, culture, or religious beliefs. The removal of prejudicial attitudes from human thought has yet to be fully realized. But there is hope. The tenet of the Golden Rule that most cultures recognize advocates such practice.
Jesus spoke of another aspect of freedom – liberation from sin, disease, and death. One of the greatest proclamations of spiritual freedom was Jesus’ declaration: “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) Today mankind is still seeking such spiritual freedom of thought, especially in its quest to be free from suffering of sin and sickness.
God revealed to Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, the divine Truth that Jesus taught and demonstrated. She authored a book that one might say defines the Science of freedom: Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Along with the Bible, Science and Health continues to leaven thought and free mankind by increasing our understanding of God, divine Love, and His government. As Mrs. Eddy wrote, “Love is the liberator.” (Science and Health, p. 225)
God, Truth and Love, frees mankind from imposing government bodies or the sin and sickness of individual bodies. Truth can do it and Love is doing it. Fear and hatred are being uncovered and destroyed. The Science of Truth and Love will eventually be seen reigning everywhere.
Through prayer I have been able to maintain sound health for over a half century. During one early morning recently I was oppressed with breathing difficulties. As grateful as I am for the loving motives and services of doctors and nurses, I chose not to seek medical help. I gave myself Christian Science treatment – specific prayer to heal such a problem. The result was that in a few hours I felt freer and later that evening rode my bike for about an hour up and down the hills of Bow.
What was the truth that healed me? It was a realization of the supremacy of Spirit, God, that helped me understand and prove in a small degree the nothingness of matter. Mrs. Eddy described it this way in a July 4th, 1886 address to her church: “The day we celebrate reminds us of the heroes and heroines who counted not their own lives dear to them, when they sought the New England shores, not as the flying nor as conquerors, but, steadfast in faith and love, to build upon the rock of Christ, the true idea of God – the supremacy of Spirit and the nothingness of matter.” (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 176)
Shouldn’t such religious spiritual care be recognized and accepted as a viable choice? It has been practiced for over a century with effective results. The Declaration of Independence provides for this choice and freedom from discrimination. I’m grateful for the progress we’ve made throughout history and look forward to the day when respect for and recognition of spiritual care is fully demonstrated. It will bless mankind with a spiritual freedom even greater than what the Israelites and Pilgrims sought and established in their new lands.