DEFINING GOD AS LOVE

John defined God as Love (I John 4:8), and Christian Science teaches that we cannot look higher than Love to find the Principle of being. Finding the one God, the creative Principle, to be Love, we acknowledge the perfection of its idea, or expression—man and the universe; for Love can create nothing less than perfection. The nature of Love makes man guileless, healthy, free; combines its individual ideas in harmonious relationship; endows them with purity and wisdom; motivates all with good; governs all through merciful, changeless law.

Divine Love acts spontaneously because it has no reservations or partialities to restrict it, no inhibitions or restraints to frustrate it, no material estimates to limit it. And man, reflecting Love, reflects the spontaneity of Love's nature. This is the logic of true theology, or Christian Science, and it may be worked out in the lives of those willing to acknowledge it. Mary Baker Eddy says in her Message to The Mother Church for 1901 (pp. 1,2), "As Christian Scientists you seek to define God to your own consciousness by feeling and applying the nature and practical possibilities of divine Love: to gain the absolute and supreme certainty that Christianity is now what Christ Jesus taught and demonstrated—health, holiness, immortality."

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