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Delete the e-mail curse

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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The other day I received a supposedly inspirational e-mail message that instructed me to tell those who matter to me that I love and appreciate them. That seemed like a good idea! But the message closed with the warning that if I didn't forward it to everyone on my contact list within a few hours, I would probably experience some calamity. So instead of feeling uplifted by the reminder to be more loving, I felt burdened by a curse.

Instinctively, I rebelled. I didn't like being told, in effect, "Do as I say or you'll be punished." I find it impossible to believe that a message urging me to express more love but also conveying a threat of cursing can be inspired by a spiritual or Christly impulse. It seems more designed to reinforce superstitious anxieties.

Such messages stay on a mental level where life is a mixture of good and evil, blessing and cursing. They don't raise thought to God, the source of all good, or even reinforce our efforts to be spiritual.

To get a clear consciousness of God's daily presence in my life – and the lives of those I love – I pray to reject the possibility that life can include any kind of curse. God's messages, or the angels He sends to us, are totally good. They tell us that He loves us unconditionally, fully, without regard to wealth, education, race, or language. These messages never condemn. They might awaken within us a desire to do better or to correct our mistakes, but there is no negativity or curse in that. God's judgment is positive and uplifting. The Bible assures me with these words: "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" (Gen. 18:25). And its record of God's goodness and love is consistent.

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