Law and Liberty

IN these days the many discussions on personal liberty are at least bringing out views which illumine the fact that liberty is a law-sustained condition. Most of the men and women who seriously think and work for the betterment of social and economic conditions believe that liberty is maintained by impartial law; for they are assured that the orderly universe is maintained by law. Christian Science strongly emphasizes the power of divine law. It also recognizes the necessity for human laws intended to establish civil rights to maintain freedom of conscience and to protect people from evil influences. The attitude of this Science respecting true liberty is the same as the attitude of Christ Jesus and of his Christianity.

Writing of Jesus in Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 163), Mary Baker Eddy makes these statements about "his unfaltering faith in the immortality of Truth." She there writes: "Referring to this, he said, 'Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away!' and they have not: they still live; and are the basis of divine liberty, the medium of Mind, the hope of the race." Then these teachings are supremely important for all who would secure the right sense of "divine liberty" or of the civil liberty expressed in any modern representative democracy based on the higher sense of freedom.

Pleasure versus Popularity
April 9, 1932

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