God's Demands

The true Christian knows that God makes great demands upon him, and he works out his salvation from evil through his obedience to God. The dawning of Truth on human thought has come to the world as a series of demands for men to express righteousness, and the demands continue to unfold. The beginning of humanity's spiritual enlightenment and freedom is illustrated in the first chapter of Genesis by the divine demand, "Let there be light." Gen. 1:3;

Christian Science follows the pattern of divine revelation; and it interprets the prophetical meaning of Scriptural passages. In the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes, " 'Let there be light,' is the perpetual demand of Truth and Love, changing chaos into order and discord into the music of the spheres." Science and Health, p. 255 ; Through many ages humanity has needed much prodding, pleading, warning, and even the lessons of suffering to attain the degree of obedience to divine requirements that now obtains in society. The history of obedience to God shows the blessings that accrue from meeting the demands to love God, good, and to love our neighbor.

Christian Science reveals the spiritual facts which underlie the demand for obedience. It demonstrates the presence of God's universe, or heaven, in which there is eternal order and harmony. In this realm everything created is absolutely obedient to Love, and Love is known as divine Mind. Being divine Mind, God evolves a creation of ideas, and an idea cannot resist or disobey the Mind whose knowing gives it existence. Spiritual man, Mind's highest idea, obeys the will of Mind, the law of being, and he is infinitely blessed.

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A Reason for Not Stealing
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