Among other words, dominion is one which has come into prominence through the teaching of Christian Science. This word occurs many times in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. In the first chapter of Genesis we read, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion." This divine declaration of man's birthright is at once repeated, with a blessing, and the spiritual account of creation draws to a close; but again and again we read that the spiritual or ideal man's dominion extends from sea to sea and from age to age.

The author of the epistle to the Hebrews refers to the statements of man's divinely bestowed dignity, and quotes this passage from the Psalms: "Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet." He then adds, "But now we see not yet all things put under him." No, for as we read the history of mortal man, the one who believes man's origin to have been clay, and not Spirit, we find the belief of mankind ruled by men, rather than by God, infinite Mind. Following close upon the acceptance of a false belief as to man's origin and nature, we also find an almost hopeless subjection to fear,—fear of want, of sickness, of asserted material law, with an ever-brooding fear of death and of an unknown future, although the writer to the Hebrews says that the mission of Christ Jesus was to "deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."

April 27, 1912

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