True Equality

         For centuries human beings have been struggling for equality. They have always believed that there should be equality of rights, equality of opportunity, equality of privilege, and have been always crying out against the injustices and limitations which human existence has seemed to present. In their efforts to free themselves from these dissatisfactions they have rushed from one extreme to another, ever restlessly tossed about by mistaken concepts of what true equality really includes and how it may be attained. Because they have always conceived of things from a material standpoint they have believed that equality could only be evidenced in an equal possession of material objects, of material positions, of material opportunities. Believing that mortal, material men were the children of God and insisting that God created all men free and equal, mortals have been faced with the difficulty of bringing out equality in the midst of a world apparently composed of naught but inequalities, until in despair they have prayed to be delivered from the futility of all such fruitless effort.

         When Christian Science reveals the enlightening truth that God is omnipresent Spirit, omniscient Mind, and that His children made in His image and likeness must of necessity be spiritually mental, it immediately unfolds an understanding that all true equality must also be mental and spiritual in its nature. It shows that God's children as reflections of the one infinite divine Mind must always have equal ability and opportunity to think rightly; and with right thinking as the basis of action, harmonious results must necessarily follow.

         To accept theoretically the truth of the equality of God's children, from the spiritual standpoint that all that He creates is perfect and divine, is comparatively simple and easy; but to put it into daily practice through scientific, Christian demonstration is quite another thing. In other words, to be willing to recognize that man's entire demonstration of equality must come about through his individual proving of his unity with God demands a humility which is a deathblow to all the arrogance of personal power, personal possession, personal advancement.

         In Science and Health (p. 106) Mrs. Eddy tells us, "Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love." If this truth is accepted, there immediately unfolds all the possibility of equal opportunity for demonstration of all that is Godlike in thinking and living. This shows very definitely the foolishness of believing that true equality can ever be less than spiritual or won by anything less than the relinquishment of all that is material. Then for one who has named the name of Christian Science to jump to the conclusion that he has immediately placed himself on an equality with all that is right and true would be for him to put himself on a pedestal, from which he must either quickly see the mistaken nature of his position and come down of his own accord, or later he will have such a fall as the wise man prophesied when he said, "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."

         On the other hand, to recognize that all spiritual demonstration of true equality is to be accomplished only progressively, through each individual "bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ," will produce such humility as shall set one so earnestly at work on his own life-problem that he will have no time left to attend officiously to his neighbor's. In his church relations he will be so concerned in keeping his own thinking in line with the divine on all church questions, that he will gladly leave the control of the thoughts and acts of others to the same divine Mind to which he is endeavoring to bring his own thinking into subjection. He will cease believing that he is responsible for all the officers and offices, but will humbly and conscientiously spend his efforts in gaining such an understanding of the true meaning of these offices that he will thereby not only gain a proper appreciation of the work others are doing in filling them, but will also be fitting himself for acceptable activities in the same direction, should Principle ever so demand.

         In thus giving his thought and attention to using the equality of opportunity for demonstrating his unity with God, which belongs to every individual equally, he will be hastening the day when true equality will be seen among men, because through obedience to Christian Science all will have learned to prove that, as we are told in Science and Health (p. 518), "Love giveth to the least spiritual idea might, immortality, and goodness, which shine through all as the blossom shines through the bud. All the varied expressions of God reflect health, holiness, immortality — infinite Life, Truth, and Love." What marvelous equality is there!


"True Equality" by Ella W. Hoag, CSD
Christian Science Sentinel, January 10, 1920

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