All-inclusive Love

Christian Scientists rejoice that in the teachings of the Bible as interpreted and explained by Mrs. Eddy is found the answer to every problem which confronts mankind. No situation arises which may not be met, no question is asked which may not be answered, through this universal and impartial Truth. Mankind's relation to the universe, to their fellow-men, to the so-called lower animals, to all animate objects, is set forth in a new and better light when it is learned that all God's creatures express Him who is divine Love, and that they possess no qualities, no characteristics, unlike God, who is infinite good. This may at first seem a startling proposition, and one may wonder whence came the so-called bestial qualities which animals commonly manifest; but when it is learned that since all God's ideas reflect His perfect qualities, the animal attributes of ferocity are seen not as real,—that is, of God's creating,—but false, the result of the seeming activity of a so-called mind apart from God, which thinks no more truthfully about animals than it does about man himself.

When one considers how completely divine Science has proved false the mortal concept of man, one readily accepts, and gladly, the inevitable conclusion regarding animals, many of which have become the burden-bearers, companions, and friends of mankind. In one of those sweeping statements which invariably carry conviction to the reader, Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 550), "God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men." Here our Leader has placed for all time the creation of these lesser ideas squarely upon a spiritual basis, utterly refuting the allegation of the material creation appearing in the second chapter of Genesis. The individuality of animals, as well as of men, she saw as perfect ideas, reflecting and expressing divine qualities.

August 16, 1924

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