Government by Divine Principle

Throughout the Bible, both the Old and the New Testament, the theme of God's omnipotence is repeated again and again. The Jehovah of the Hebrews is the Almighty One. The God revealed by Christ Jesus as infinite Spirit is also the omnipotent Ruler of the universe.

Christian Science likewise proclaims God's allness, His omnipotence and omnipresence. He is the only power and the only presence. Accordingly, we may logically conclude that His law governs the universe, the universe of His creating; and God's law is God's will. Hence the government of the universe is the law of God, the rule of divine Principle, the manifestation of God's will. And this government must, because of its divine source, be just, righteous, infallible, and continuous. Such is God's government of His universe, the universe of spiritual and perfect ideas. This is the situation in the realm of reality, God's kingdom, the only universe.

But the question arises, How shall this spiritual truth become practical in the governments of men, in the nations of earth? Christian Science gives a complete and practical answer to this query. Christian Science states that man is governed by God. Now, righteous government for the individual is experienced just in proportion to one's conformity to divine law. The real man, God's likeness, is always governed righteously, for God is his governor. Mortals are governed righteously in so far as they conform to this divine rule, that is, in proportion to their demonstration of divine qualities in their daily living. He who seeks and gains the sense of God's presence, the presence of the perfect qualities of God, and expresses those qualities in his thoughts and acts, is bringing God's government into practical demonstration. He is demonstrating the way of Life; and he knows that when he conforms to divine law he is rightly and righteously governed. Such an individual, of a necessity, thus becomes the best type of citizen, known for his integrity, kindness, justice, and general uprightness. By his own demonstration is he aiding in establishing God's government, not alone for his own country, but for the whole world.

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"The sunlight of Soul"
September 26, 1936

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