In a world of artificial sweeteners, artificial limbs, and artificial intelligence, we yearn for authenticity. That is why I was impressed when I read the ingredients on a box of Peanut Butter Crunch Cereal during breakfast one morning. The box said, “Made with real peanut butter.” I thought to myself, I’d like to see if we have any more items like this in our food pantry. Sure enough, we did. I found a box of raspberry Pop-Tarts which said, “Made with real raspberries.” Then I saw the label on a bottle of cranberry juice, declaring it had been “made with real cranberries.”

Some products, on the other hand, don’t live up to their names. Grape Nuts, which are neither grapes nor nuts (you will find neither in the ingredient list) are one example. Christian Science is another anomaly, for it is neither Christian nor science. The strange reality about this cult is it redefines reality: There is no Heaven or Hell. The devil has no existence. Death is an illusion. Sin does not exist. Matter, sin, and sickness are not real, but only illusions. God is Mind. The Holy Spirit is Divine Science. Jesus Christ is not God.

Try taking these principles to a local hospital, funeral home, or police station, and see how far you get before you are dismissed. We live in a real world with a real devil, sin, suffering, and death. Few people will tolerate Christian Science’s skewed viewpoint of these proven realities.

But praise the Lord, Christians have a faith based upon reality: God the Father sent Jesus, His Son (who was fully God), to take on human flesh and experience real suffering and death on a cross. By this action, Jesus made a satisfactory payment for the sins of the entire human race. Three days later, Jesus’ body was resurrected as proof His payment had been accepted. All who trust in Jesus Christ receive forgiveness from their sins and the promise of eternal life in Heaven. We can rejoice in these realities.

Take a few minutes to thank God for your eternal hope. It is a reality worth rejoicing in.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.