What Governs Us?

Every thought we entertain, every motion we make, every project we engage in shows that we are under some kind of government. What is controlling us? This is a good question to keep in mind, for whatever governs us mentally is law to our actions. The purpose of law is to govern, and a right understanding of law and obedience to it will determine our present experience and will affect the world.

Christian Science makes us thought–conscious, and it makes us law–conscious, for this Science is the law of God, which controls God's man and His universe. In her "Miscellaneous Writings," Mary Baker Eddy says of the law of Truth (p. 208), "This law is a divine energy." She goes on a little later, "Mortals have only to submit to the law of God, come into sympathy with it, and to let His will be done." And she continues: "But who is willing to do His will or to let it be done? Mortals obey their own wills, and so disobey the divine order."

If people admitted only their own wills to be the governing law of their lives, this would lead to chaos. Society would quickly deteriorate as each member of it set up his own little moral code. It is obvious that there must be conformity to some authority in decisions as to what is good and what is not good for everyone concerned. To accept personal will as law is to open human thought without restraint to the operation of animal magnetism, or suppositional evil forces.

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"What ... God hath joined together"
July 10, 1965

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