Christian Science Love


"to advance the development of love"

  

What is universal love, reflecting divine Love?

Did you ever ask yourself what specifically defines universal love in the social, political, and economic context, not to mention the social and sexual context?

In researching this question, I found it expedient to write a novel about the extraordinary challenge that the principle of universal love, reflecting the model of divine Love, poses in the human realm. This project began a long time ago, and became a series of five novels before it was completed. This larger scope unfolded as a necessity, because our emotions and conventions, including our perceptions about love, are generally far removed from the divine standard.

No, I am not going to suggest that you read this five volume work (The Lodging for the Rose), although you may wish to do so. I believe it is sufficient for the scope of this article to attach a sample chapter that focuses on the political and economic dimension in the context of universal love, especially the dimension of the funding of one another's contribution to civilization, with which our riches as a society, or our poverty begin.

The attached sample is a single chapter of the fourth novel of the series. The chapter draws into contrasts of what could be our world, with what it might be. Both of the described dimensions that are explored together in this chapter are totally real, though they appear like science fiction at first glance, and we do indeed stand at the crossroads between the two dimensions. The direction in which we go will be determined by only one single factor as far as I can tell, and this possibly in the near future. This factor is the principle of universal love. Without it, humanity has no future and little chance to maintain its civilization, and indeed its existence. In other words, the principle of universal love is of vital importance to all human beings in our modern age.

But what is universal love? Mary Baker Eddy didn’t define this concept for us in the Glossary. She didn’t say: Love is…. And how could she have defined it in absolute terms, when it is a human concept that is always changing the nearer we approximate the divine model. The social challenge, let alone the sexual dimension of it, is far too challenging to explore in the scope of a single article. I even once thought it could be dealt with in the space of a single novel. Fortunately, the political and economic dimension of civilization, that is squarely rooted in the principle of universal love, is much simpler than that, and appears to be useful to provide a glimpse into the vast dimension of universal (divine) love unfolding in our humanity.

As you read the attached chapter, please pay some special attention to the visual image of universal love that is brought into this context in the form of a lateral lattice near the end in the chapter. This image is related to an actual healing experience, exactly as described. 

In real terms, love begins with a love of ourselves, of our boundless humanity, and since there is but one humanity, this love necessarily embraces all mankind. This broader aspect, of course, is not dealt with in this chapter. It is understood at this point. Still, one needs to understand that anything less is hypocrisy. I believe the funding problem that society is facing today in almost every aspect of its self-development is rooted in that, and may be resolved in the context of dealing with the concept of the lateral lattice as described in that chapter.

Most of mankind's request for development funding have received no response, or at best sorrowful rejection. This kind of response echoes what has been my experience in many ways. An incident comes to mind from a long time back, while living in Germany, I had a special project planned, at one point, designed for the enrichment of the public community. No, this was not a project focused on the expose’ of Christian Science, specifically. It was merely a reflection of love. In order to advance the project, I had asked one of the practitioners of that city, who was considered a person of considerable means, for a modest funding assistance. As it turned out, generosity wasn’t a part of his game. Indeed, it appears not to be a part of anyone’s game, to the contrary. Naturally, this is the reason why a large part of present the world-financial and economic system is disintegrating. It has been widely acknowledged that we are in the very end phase of a collapse process that was official started 35 years ago. From this time on, money and love were increasingly separated from each other, as if they were contradictions of each other. Our modern society now suffers acutely from this disease. 

Of course, this isn't anything new. In the 1500’s certain philosophers obliged their king, by creating a new type of philosophies that proclaim that love has no place in state and business relationships. People who opposed this philosophy were persecuted, in those days, even executed. One of the most prominent philosophers of that time, Thomas Hobbes, is still revered today, and those who oppose his kind of philosophy, even today, are still persecuted, incarcerated, and even executed by assassination. In other words, nothing much has changed on this scene for half a millennium. It has been said that the principle of universal love poses too great a challenge.

This is what we are facing in our modern world, a deeply ingrained error, and the price we may have to pay for not dealing with this error, this perversion of truth, is the destruction of our civilization. I believe that the lateral lattice concept may be the best platform that we have to address this problem. Our love must reflect the divine model where all is love, and love reflects the infinite divine Principle.

As we hold on to this goal, and embrace the divine reality as a standard to judge ourselves against, and win our way along this road, we may find that the lateral lattice actually functions according to the divine design. We will find in it, that spiritual self-love, our love of the one humanity that we express, and that we all share, necessarily embraces all mankind in that love of humanity that reflects the image of God. This brings to light the divine model. 

"And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." (Gen. 1:31)

 

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