Accepting the truth may seem simple, but it’s not always easy. The truth is easy to accept when it’s something we want to hear —like a good grade, or a compliment from your boss. But it’s hard to accept it when we’re told a fault — that we’re not doing well in a class, that you’re being unkind, or when we need improvement at work. Sometimes, though, a course correction is exactly what we need. Learning from our mistakes is what enables us to grow and improve.
Accept the Truth, the Christ
You’ve probably heard the expression “Accept Christ” at one time or another. However Christ is greater than just a man. Christ, as Jesus expressed it, was and is the perfect, or pure ideal, of truth—God’s image and likeness—mankind ever saw. Jesus demonstrated the Christ-ideal, or divine Truth, through Deity’s, God’s, healing power. What’s more, this healing power is proof that we are God’s children, made in the image and likeness of Spirit, God.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: … So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
—Genesis 1:26 (to :), 27
Divine Truth removes error, or sin
I know no one likes the word sin. It comes with it a whole host of theological opinions that man is doomed, lost, and condemned to suffering. However, Christian Science proves that sin is really just error, or mistaken thoughts and beliefs, put into action. Correcting our thought then corrects our actions. It’s rather simple. However, in order to do make a correction we need to accept Truth. Just as it’s important to understand how to do addition properly to get a correct sum, we need to understand how to think morally and ethically to see good achieved. Not everyone knows how to act morally! Jesus came to show us how—how to get it right and how to live life purely. So if we’ve been acting immorally, this doesn’t mean we’re evil, doomed, stained, or lost. Rather, simply learning how to correct immoral or error-filled thinking is what leads us to total salvation, or safety, and keeps us from repeating mistakes. As soon as we do right, and keep doing good, we’ve stopped the cycle.
Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Even the best learn to accept Truth
Take Paul for instance. When he went by Saul he was way off course—he killed and attacked Christians everywhere mainly because he didn’t understand Christianity or Christian healing. However, when Christ spoke to Saul, a transformation ensued. The story says Saul got knocked off his high-horse and suddenly became blind (see Acts 9:1-9). A few days later Saul experienced Christian healing first-hand when the humble Ananias healed him of blindness (see Acts 9:10-22). Then Saul discovered the religion of Love—a religion that was all about expressing love for God’s and humanity. Saul changed on the spot—he changed his name to Paul, converted to Christianity, and became the greatest advocate for Christian healing, second only to Jesus’ world-changing example.
God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
The present is a gift
So, no matter where you’re at, it’s never too late to accept the Christ, or Truth, into your life—”Behold, now is the day of salvation” said Paul. Accepting spiritual truth into your life brings the healing power of God, and thereby you discover how the Christ corrects, uplifts and heals you (literally improves your health and purifies your thoughts) in the process.
If God makes sin, if good produces evil, if truth results in error, then Science and Christianity are helpless; but there are no antagonistic powers nor laws, spiritual or material, creating and governing man through perpetual warfare. God is not the author of mortal discords. Therefore we accept the conclusion that discords have only a fabulous existence, are mortal beliefs which divine Truth and Love destroy.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.231:12