"The perfect law of liberty"

There are few words dearer to humanity than the words "liberty" and "freedom." Throughout all history mankind has been seeking release from various forms of bondage—sin, sickness, sorrow, poverty, personal domination, lovelessness, unhappy environment. Thousands of noble men and women have devoted their lives to the seeking of means by which their fellow-men might be led from enslavement to a more blessed sense of existence. Yet mankind has continued to struggle and has often found, in what it was believed would bring peace and freedom, only disappointment or a basis for further longings.

The mistake that has been made in this search for liberty and freedom of action lies in the fact that mankind has been looking everywhere except to the one right source for the solution of its problems. Jesus taught his followers that there is but one source of liberty, namely, God, whose law is perfect; and that obedience to this law brings release from every ill known to mankind. In James we read, "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." This perfect law of liberty applies to all men, impartially; and one has but to gain a very slight understanding of the real man's relationship to God to experience a taste of freedom beyond anything of which he has ever dreamed.

In our study of the Bible, with the aid of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, we learn that God is divine Mind; that He is Spirit, Life, Truth, Love; that He is divine Principle, the only cause and creator; and that He alone governs His universe. We learn that man, created in the image and likeness of God, is spiritual, perfect, and eternal; that he is self-governed because he reflects infinite Mind; and that he has dominion "over all the earth," over all right ideas, "himself subordinate alone to his Maker" (Science and Health, p. 518).

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February 16, 1929

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