Freedom through Uprightness

Freedom in human experience is the result of a provable understanding of God. It is futile to assert freedom in the name of willfulness, selfishness, or arrogant ambition. Mrs. Eddy presents the idea of freedom in her teachings for the emancipation of the whole race. On page 228 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" she writes, "Mortals will some day assert their freedom in the name of Almighty God." Freedom is the fruit of spiritually controlled thought and action.

The term "Almighty God" signifies the omnipotence of Spirit, which lifts human thought above suffering, sin, failure. There is no law of bondage and no bondman, for God is the only Lawmaker, and every law of God bestows irrevocable freedom on man, His image.

Analyzing humanity's misguided aims and shattered ambitions, the Preacher thus summarized his conclusions: "Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions." What of the "many inventions" of personal worship, so often changed into personal animosity? What of the "many inventions" of material greed and ambition built upon another's downfall? What of the general beliefs in unbridled youth and crabbed old age? These and other unprincipled inventions of "the carnal mind" are millstones weighing down human thought, and those who discern and heed the relation of freedom to uprightness need no longer submit to them. Spiritual uprightness is made possible for one and all through the understanding and practice of Christian Science. Man, the likeness of God, Spirit, is everlastingly upright, that is, perfect and complete.

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November 7, 1936

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