THE HERITAGE OF FREEDOM

Instinctively almost everyone feels he has a right to freedom. All the unrest of the world stems from the human yearning thereafter, yet material definitions of freedom and of ways and means of acquiring and preserving it vary according to the ideals of the individual or the nation. Actually what each is seeking is unrestrained self-expression, alias the fulfillment of good in his experience. Yet all too often the belief prevails that bondage and restriction are imposed from without by persons or circumstances over which one has no control. The acceptance of this belief leads to rebellion on the part of the individual and to war on the part of nations.

Christ Jesus came preaching and proving man's God-bestowed heritage of freedom. He pointed out that the kingdom of God, with all its glorious possibilities and unrestricted joy, is "within you" (Luke17:21)—hence is to be found in Mind through the reflection of Mind. Furthermore, he said (John 8:31, 32), "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Clearly he indicated that the way to freedom was not through aggression, oppression, or domination, not through selfishness, ease, or self-love, but through the discipline of true discipleship, that is, through alert, unswerving obedience to the truth or Science which he presented, evidenced in individual self-purification, spiritualization of thought, and demonstration of divine Principle. The Apostle Paul admonished (Gal. 5:1), "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."

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