God, as Divine Principle, Love

IN his parable of the good Samaritan the Master set before a waiting world an illuminating example of impartial and unselfed love, expressed by one who gave freely and expected nothing in return. Such is the nature of the tender, life-giving divine Principle, an understanding of which characterized, inspired, and motivated all the words and works of him of whom it was said, "Never man spake like this man."

In "Rudimental Divine Science" by Mary Baker Eddy, Christian Science is defined on page 1 as "the law of God, the law of good, interpreting and demonstrating the divine Principle and rule of universal harmony." This word "Principle," which Webster defines in part as "ultimate cause," "governing law," is used in Christian Science as a synonym for God, and through the understanding of this term one derives a newer and higher concept of Deity, which liberates thought from the narrow limitations of anthropomorphism and unfolds to the ready consciousness God who is ever active, ever present, all-loving divine Principle, and entirely dependable, giving to each and all unerringly his just reward.

In mathematics, the fundamental truth is universally recognized, so that, no matter how many students are applying its principle at any one moment, each one correctly applying the principle unfailingly and instantly receives the right answer —and thus it is with the operation of divine Principle in Christian Science.

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True Vision
September 11, 1937

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