"What manner of love"

Anyone attending a Christian Science church service will hear read from the desk every Sunday this inspiring admonition by St. John: "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God." On hearing these words one may ask, How can one behold and understand this love of the Father, Love, and realize his own relationship of son to the eternal good which is God?

There is a clearly defined way, and it is found through the consecrated study of Christian Science; through obedience to its teaching as given in its textbooks, the Bible (King James Version) and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. On page 5 of her Message to The Mother Church for 1902 she writes: "'God is Love.' This absolute definition of Deity is the theme for time and for eternity; it is iterated in the law of God, reiterated in the gospel of Christ, voiced in the thunder of Sinai, and breathed in the Sermon on the Mount."

During his three years' ministry Christ Jesus illustrated clearly the manner of that love which emanates from infinite, underived Love, the Father of all that really exists. He proved the nature of Love which he invariably expressed to be utterly beneficent, having in it no element of evil or destruction. He proved its Law to be irresistible, its power almighty, its presence all-pervading. He proved Love, God, to be Spirit and His law spiritual and supreme. Understanding the manner of love bestowed upon man by Love, he was able to perform his mighty works, which stand unrivaled in goodness and unsurpassed in power by any merely material knowledge of chemistry, atomic energy, electricity, or any of the so-called forces of nature which seem to work both evil and good in the suppositional realm of matter.

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May 31, 1947

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