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Trial and Transformation

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    “The Trial” allegory, page 430-442 of the Chrsitian Science textbook, is an account of a sick person who obeys Romans 12:2 — “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (the NIV says, “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is”).

    At first, it seems the patient is all alone in court, without counsel, and it’s as though he has simply given up even before the battle has begun, allowing the voices of his accusers to steamroll him into deeper and deeper levels of self-condemnation and hopelessness. Not only do these voices speak without objection, but there is absolutely no cross-examination of any of the witnesses to question the merit of their testimony against the accused.

    It seems the accused has totally, apathetically yielded to accepting a lie. Convinced his illness must be the will of God, he becomes a prisoner — on death row.

    But all is not lost. As Christ promised, everyone on earth now has free access to a pro bono Advocate — attorney for the defense of helpless humanity — also known as the Holy Ghost (John 14:26) or “Divine Science; the development of eternal Life, Truth, and Love.” (Science and Health, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 588).

    And so, in the second half of the allegory, the prisoner makes a life-changing choice to appeal the sentence of his accusers, to re-try his case, relying only upon his Advocate.

    From lower-court consciousness — the court of wrong-thinking — the prisoner somehow manages, with all his strength, to do a complete mental about-face and turn his upside-down view of himself right-side up. Like changing channels on a radio, he chooses to tune out the lower-court’s voices, and, with heightened awareness, tune in to thoughts unknown and far superior to the dismal croaking of the lower-court world.

    Thus, the “dead man walking” is now able to “test and approve what God’s will” actually is, and so silence his prosecutors, to destroy utterly their case against him.

    It is this stupendous reversal of wrong thinking to right thinking that saves the prisoner, overturns the decision of the lower court.

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