What Do We Demand?

To demand something is to claim it by right or as due. According to Christian Science, we have the right to spiritual perfection and to a place in the kingdom of heaven, in which the law of abundance governs God's offspring. Scriptural revelation shows man to be God's spiritual son, His image, possessing all good by reason of his relation with the Father and incapable of experiencing lack.

The Christian Scientist understands something of God's laws, and this enables him to exercise dominion over the limitations that confront him. He knows that his knowledge of divine law makes it possible for him to subordinate the physical senses, which seem to be legitimate modes of perception but which cause him to see life as circumscribed by matter, often unsatisfactory, and always mortal. Mary Baker Eddy says in "Unity of Good" (p. 46), "The scientific man and his Maker are here; and you would be none other than this man, if you would subordinate the fleshly perceptions to the spiritual sense and source of being."

If the Scientist is frustrated by lack of supply, has he the right to demand of these material senses, which he is learning to subordinate, a large amount of matter? No, he has only the right to demand of himself the demonstration of God's law of supply, which obliterates the sense impression of lack. The understanding of this law is a greater treasure by far than are any material possessions, for it invariably provides what is needed, precisely what will bring about the highest good. And it leaves neither pride nor greed in its trail.

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