Obedience to Authority

Perhaps there is no question more important for every one to answer properly than, What constitutes right obedience to authority? All the world is considering it from one standpoint or another, and most of the difficulties among individuals, families, nations, are brought about because the concepts in regard to both obedience and authority are so multiplied and so varied that the question is generally left hanging in the air, to be buffeted back and forth by all sorts of mistaken notions. As a consequence, peace is lacking where it should be most in evidence, and discord and dissension reign in many unexpected quarters.

Christian Science is here to solve this difficulty as it solves all others, by revealing the absolute truth. It explains where all authority rests, and what constitutes implicit obedience to that authority, as well as how such obedience is always to be realized and maintained. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p.295) Mrs. Eddy has written: "God creates and govers the universe, including man. The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which he evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them." Here, then, is the truth which all the world must finally accept and must bow in submission to; for Isaiah proclaims God Himself as saying: "I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear."

The Basis of Harmony
February 20, 1926

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