This week's Bible Lesson on Everlasting Punishment contains a phrase of five words. The phrase is 'the accuser is not there'. It is from Science and Health, by Mary Baker Eddy, and is found on page 568. Discussing the 'paean of jubilee' that will rise to heaven for the victory over all sin, Mrs. Eddy describes 'a louder song, sweeter than has ever before reached heaven'. The reason for this rejoicing is that 'the accuser is not there'.
The accuser. That which is not a person, place or thing but just a lie, a suggestion, a false idea trying to pass itself off as real. It has no authority, no power behind it to enforce its claims. It can only attempt to trick us with illusions. Pay no attention to that man behind the screen! Just as the man who is creating the illusion of Oz, the Great and Powerful, is unmasked by Dorothy, exposed as a humbug, so we can awaken to find that 'the accuser is not there'.
That which accuses us of being sick or depressed or helpless or hopeless. That which claims to have dominion over our body or our home or work place or relatioships or branch church. That which whispers nothing but negative thoughts to frighten or enrage or discourage. That very accuser is nothing but emptiness posing as something-ness. Open your eyes! That accuser is not really there.
With that realization will come a throng of angel messages, straight from divine Love. Messages of comfort and assurance. You are not sick. You are not alone. You are not burdened. You are innocent. You are loved. You are inseperable from your Father-Mother God. You have all you need. You are blessed. You are a blessing to others.
The accuser is not there. God is. God, the source of all goodness, is right there. Give thanks and magnify Him with all your heart. Tell Him you love Him and listen for His assurance, "I love you back".
How do we know this really works? Look at the last 100 pages of Science and Health and read documented healings of those who were healed of 'all manner of sickness' just by reading this remarkable book. Pick up this week's Christian Science Sentinel or this month's Christian Science Journal and read more healings from all over the world, healings happening in our time. Visit a Christian Science Wednesday service and listen to your neighbors tell of their own healings. Sit down with a friend who is a Christian Scientist and ask them about their healings. Call a Christian Science practitioner and ask for prayer and treatment. "A change in human belief changes all the physical symptoms, and determines a case for better or for worse. When one's false belief is corrected, Truth sends a report of health over the body". (S&H p.10) Want to know more? Pick up a copy from your local Christian Science reading room or on line.
You'll see. The accuser is not there!