SPIRITUAL RESPONSIBILITY

Although mortals have widely differing opinions about many things, all who are above the plane of actual savagery are agreed that certain moral requirements are equally binding upon all men, specifically the provisions of the Decalogue, which safeguard the lives, property, and reputations of mankind. No one would have the hardihood to say, "Oh, yes, the commandments are all very well, an excellent provision for people in general; but I make no profession of religion, hence I should not be judged in this connection." Every intelligent person would readily see and admit that existence would be impossible without the protection of law, although, unfortunately, the general concept of the scope of moral law is very limited. Christian Science, however, opens our eyes to the fact that the moral law may be likened to a two-edged sword: that if we fail to heed its righteous import in our dealings with others we shall miss the protection which divine law ever gives, and we shall wound ourselves whenever we are heedless of the rights of others.

If we were to ask either a child or an adult, "Upon whom are the ten commandments binding?" we might have to wait for a reply. There are few who understand the universality of all law which springs from divine Principle, and that divine law is not only as essential to our existence as the air we breathe, but that it is wholly beneficent in all its activity, springing as it does from divine Love. This is made clear by Mrs. Eddy, who tells us of "the active, allwise, wise, law-creating, law-disciplining, law-abiding Principle, God" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 206). She also says, "In the spiritual Genesis of creation. all law was vested in the Lawgiver, who was a law to Himself. In divine Science, God is One and All; and, governing Himself, He governs the universe" (p. 258). The demand, therefore, rests upon "every man" to do right; none are exempt from this requirement.

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