Joyous Dominion

Christ Jesus demonstrated joyous dominion. Therefore, joyous dominion is the heritage of the followers of Jesus, who accomplish their healing work through humility and love. As recorded in the first chapter of Genesis, man was created in the image and likeness of God and given dominion over all created things. Thus dominion is the birthright of man, inherent in his nature, and bestowed upon him by his creator.

The practice of Christian Science is not burdensome, but joyous in spiritual activity and freedom. The sincere Christian Scientist gladly and gratefully enters upon his labor of love. His consciousness is so filled with the truth about God as Life eternal, as divine Love, governing man and the universe, and as divine Principle, bestowing upon man the capacity to reflect Him in divine qualities, that his healing work is at once spontaneous and joyful. The practice of Christian Science reveals unmistakably that good is ever active in human consciousness, thus ultimately leading thought onward and ever upward to the recognition of spiritual man's dominion. Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 517, 518): "Divine Love blesses its own ideas, and causes them to multiply,—to manifest His power. Man is not made to till the soil. His birthright is dominion, not subjection. He is lord of the belief in earth and heaven,—himself subordinate alone to his Maker. This is the Science of being."

May 30, 1942

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