The Great Commandment

It is comforting to know that the demands of the great commandment, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind," can unfailingly be fulfilled by reflection of that Mind which is divine, not human. There is no reservation here, no consent to evade the demands of man's divine Principle, Love. To love God "with all thy mind" means that we gladly welcome the light of Truth into every corner of our thinking, well knowing that spiritual light annihilates the darkness of fear, impurity, false belief, and superstition of every kind. We shall never fail in our obligations to God if we realize that it is God, the one omnipotent Mind, who both demands and bestows perfection. It is scientifically self-evident that so-called mortal mind cannot love God, good; and that God cannot be obeyed by what Paul terms the "carnal mind," which "is enmity against God."

God can only be loved and obeyed by His own reflection. Thus it will be seen that, since God is All-in-all, there is no real obstacle to spiritual progress. All that needs to be overcome is the superstitious belief in an evil mind. The practice of Christian Science removes erroneous superstition and, day by day, reveals each one's spiritual pathway as clear and unobstructed. Unlike the old theological teaching, which attempts to fix obstacles of sickness and temptation in man's pathway and then expects these supposedly bona fide obstacles either to be circumvented or submitted to, Christian Science scientifically removes the superstition that in infinite, eternal God, good, evil could ever have had either place, power, or entity. Spiritually interpreted, the First Commandment is seen to be a statement of the unity of God and man. God's image and likeness alone can obey God's commands; and this obedience is supremely natural, easy, and always complete, for it is expressed by reflection. This being so, we ought gladly to surrender the supposition that man is separated from his Maker by any barrier or obstacle whatsoever.

To a Friend
March 11, 1922

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