Deep down in the roots of the history of a nation lies its conception of law. Nations are blessed or unblessed according to the righteousness of their laws and the justice with which they are administered. The object of good law is to protect or correct from the basis "that all men are created equal; that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," to quote an immortal statement from the Declaration of Independence.

Man-made laws are framed to control man-made systems. Man's highest conception of law is the one that approximates spiritual law, for such law draws its vitality and power from God, Spirit. The material does not amalgamate with the spiritual. The mortal and the immortal have no affiliation. Spirit and matter are opposed; they are not complementary.

How then do the laws of God, Spirit, operate in a code of law framed by mankind? The answer is that whatever hints at or expresses fundamental spiritual law is not of human origin, for it originates in the Mind which is God, and exists in this Mind forever. To illustrate: suppose a legislator frames legislation to control—say— the price of commodities. In framing this law he endeavors to do justice to all parties.

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July 31, 1948

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