Why Obedience?

From the beginning of mortal history obedience to divine law seems to have been the determining factor in the welfare both of individuals and of nations. It was disobedience that barred Adam from the garden of Eden, that made Cain a wanderer on the earth, that shut out the Israelites from the promised land; and so on down through the ages the sin of disobedience has brought its own punishment. On the other hand, the blessings promised to those who gave heed to the divine commands were multiplied. No doubt Abraham was puzzled when he believed that he was bidden to take the child of promise, from whom was to spring a great nation, to the mountain of sacrifice and there slay him for an offering to the Lord, but he obeyed even to the drawing of the sacrificial knife; and then his hand was stayed because he had proved his loyalty, had shown himself worthy of the blessings that were to be heaped upon him.

On no one thing does the fulfilment of the mission of Christian Science more closely depend than this same obedience to divine law. Because it is Science it is not only exact but it is exacting. Based on that fundamental law, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me," and the mandate which sums up the Sermon on the Mount, "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them," obedience to its teachings can but procure the same blessing today as when Jesus said to the lawyer who had questioned him, "This do, and thou shalt live." In other words, he who seeks to order his daily walk and conversation by these primary laws of being, thereby ensures to himself that sense of divine protection which knows that, whether waking or sleeping, there is no evil to fear, for Truth, Life, and Love is omnipotent and ever present.

Watching a Hole in the Ground
April 28, 1917

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