One of the most popular TV shows these days is a show called “supernatural” where two brothers spend their time fighting “demons” and “evil spirits”. I can see the attraction of the show, its about mystery, apparent danger and ultimate triumph of good over evil. When a touch of romance or beauty is added, it becomes hero worship and the idea of the ultimate gender. masculinity or femininity cased in human form coming to heal us and save us. It sounds fantastic, especially the last part. Today there are a lot of superstitious beliefs about Angels, Demons and Ghosts despite a decline in the number of people who believe in any kind of Deity.
In the Christian Science Bible Lesson this week from www.endtime.org we read:
(3) 281:14, 27-30
The one Ego, the one Mind or Spirit called God, is infinite individuality, which supplies all form and comeliness and which reflects reality and divinity in individual spiritual man and things. Divine Science does not put new wine into old bottles, Soul into matter, nor the infinite into the finite. Our false views of matter perish as we grasp the facts of Spirit.
Its interesting to note that there´s no mention of evil, demons, battles or anything else in there, it talks about how false ideas disappear as we come to a better understanding of what is real and what isn´t.
I remember a lady I used to know who followed the occult. Daily she would speak with the dead, see ghosts and visions and tell people´s future. Until one day she came to me and said “I am bored with it, I want to find something else to do”. I asked her “how can you get bored with it, isnt it supernatural?” She said ¨I was never sure if it was my own mind just playing tricks on me”
Its very easy to have a wrong belief about your neighbour, or about yourself. But it takes a lot of examination and humility to correct it. It all starts from seeing that humanity is all one, not a mixture of good and evil, but good and good.
In the old days, it was easy to accuse someone of “witchcraft” or being “possessed” by a devil, like we are little bottles filled up with good and evil. The last part of the verse above says
“Divine Science does not put new wine into old bottles, Soul into matter, nor the infinite into the finite. Our false views of matter perish as we grasp the facts of Spirit”.
That “fact of spirit” is that Man (as one entity) reflects God. We can never be separated from our neighbor (living or dead as we call them) for we are all doing the same work. There´s no room there for anything else.