Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Question: Why is it so important to “inherit the earth,” anyway? Should not we be more
concerned about getting to “heaven,” instead?
Answer: Just because the earth seems material and filled with evil, does not mean it is less
worthy of our care. The Bible tells us: “For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.” (I Cor.)
In Revelation, an angel speaks: “Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” (Rev. 7)
Also in Revelation, John writes: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” (Rev. 21)
Does not this suggest that it is only our present material conception of earth that passes away? Remember, earth itself is a spiritual compound idea, to be cherished and protected by mankind. Even the Lord’s Prayer tells us that God’s will is done “in earth, as it is in heaven.”
The earth is important to God and should be cherished by mankind.
Mary Baker Eddy writes: “Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light. The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, ‘The meek shall inherit the earth’ . . . Man made in His likeness
possesses and reflects God’s dominion over all the earth.” (S&H 516)
Practice: If God has given us dominion over the earth, we should take good care of it, and not harm it. Have you learned about protecting the earth’s environment? What can you do to help?
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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