Domination or Dominion

Domination, meaning control, government, or sovereignty, is, according to dictionary definitions, substantially the same as dominion. In the light of Christian Science, however, there is a difference, or rather, perhaps, it might better be called a distinction. This distinction is plain when one thinks of that which is termed personal domination as contrasted with the righteous exercise of God-given dominion.

In the first chapter of Genesis we read, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." The dominion which according to this statement was conferred on man could not rightly be thought to mean personal domination. Interpreted spiritually, the dominion given man was over the lesser ideas which are included in Mind's universe.

Reaping and Not Fainting
June 7, 1941

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