Cyberspace and God's Space
Bringing a spiritual perspective to daily life
There's no doubt about it. Computers have reshaped our lives - mostly for the better. They have changed the way we do our banking, fly our planes, forecast weather, keep in touch with the family - and even read many newspapers like this one. The World Wide Web has brought people of many nations together at the click of a mouse. It has opened rich sources of information to students - many in developing countries - who otherwise would never have enjoyed access to international worlds of learning.
There seem to be no limits to the usefulness of this electronic resource - provided we keep it in perspective and guard against excess and abuse. It's not perfect, and it doesn't carry warning labels!
But for the truly adventurous, it's thrilling to be able to leap ahead of even this most ingenious of human inventions - to a "site," a "home page," where there can be no viruses, crashes, or power failures - no electronic predators, no abusers, no fraudulent users. This is the ever-present kingdom of God, where good is supreme and the only law.
This is where the whole human family, Web explorers and nonusers alike, are unified in the greatest learning venture of all - getting to know God, discovering their relation to Him, and establishing harmonious interaction with one another. This is not cyberspace, of course; it is God's space! It is infinite, divine consciousness, in which we live as God's spiritual reflection. It is filled with unconditional love, selflessness, creativity. And being spiritual rather than material, it's less than a thought-click away.
Here we don't have to log on or remember special passwords or procedures. But we do need to be listening. God is constantly communicating with all of us, His children. His wisdom, compassion, peace, joy, and healing power flow in an endless stream, and those who are receptive have thoughts, ideas, inspiration, that prove this. He has a "program" for each one of us, which reflects our unique individuality and is designed for our good. As we read in the Bible, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end" (Jer. 29:11).
At the heart of computer science is a tiny chip. The image of a tiny "grain of mustard seed" was used by Christ Jesus to describe the essence of the Science of Christ. Jesus said to his disciples, "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you" (Matt. 17:20).
Nothing is impossible in God's space. If we have sufficient faith in His omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience to place our lives totally in His hands, we'll find love in place of hate, health in place of sickness. We have nothing to fear in an environment governed by His laws, which affirm the supremacy of good over evil and point the way to healing and regeneration. Obedience to His laws brings an undisturbable harmony into our experience - just as strict adherence to the principles of mathematics or computer programming produces the harmony of answers and solutions. Only through God can we discover extraordinary potential to help and heal ourselves - and others. When we abide by the rules of divine Science, which have such a firm spiritual basis, the results are comfortingly predictable.
Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science in 1866, explains this in "Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures": "When understanding changes the standpoints of life and intelligence from a material to a spiritual basis, we shall gain the reality of Life, the control of Soul over sense, and we shall perceive Christianity, or Truth, in its divine Principle. This must be the climax before harmonious and immortal man is obtained and his capabilities revealed" (Pg. 322).
As we understand that our intelligence is derived from the divine Principle, God, harmony and immortality are "revealed." All of our God-derived "capabilities" become evident because they are intrinsic to God's space, the infinite, divine consciousness in which we all dwell. God's space is already filled with "megabytes" of fresh thought and inspiration.