God's Demands

In a time of acute crisis it is interesting to analyze the way in which the world endeavors to meet adverse circumstances. Nearly always human thought expresses a persistent want; and its prayer is, in effect, If only I had a little more, I could meet my need. Even amongst Christian Scientists there are many who especially strive to establish an income, in order, as they think, to meet the demands made by others upon them. We know that in divine Science Principle and its idea, cause and effect, are at one. But in seeking the solution of a problem involving sustenance and support, the world has attempted to seek material effect, instead of considering spiritual cause.

In the demonstration of supply it is imperative for the Christian Scientist to recognize and acknowledge first of all the demands of God. The demands of God are twofold: first, a recognition and acknowledgment of the absolute spiritual nature of true creation, including man, as pointed to in the commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me;" secondly, the application, in human affairs, of that righteous command, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." The understanding of the nature of God and His universe, including man, is essential to the carrying out of the demands of divine Love in the details of human living. On page 184 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" we read, "Truth, Life, and Love are the only legitimate and eternal demands on man, and they are spiritual lawgivers, enforcing obedience through divine statutes."

"Wherewithal shall we be clothed?"
October 20, 1934

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