Divine Principle, not astrology

A great deal of thought is given to the right of self-government and self-determination, both for peoples and for the individual. This goal often involves struggle.

Mrs. Eddy indicates true self-government when she writes, "Reflecting God's government, man is self-governed." Science and Health, p. 125. One endeavoring to be properly self-governed, that is, to obey the spiritual law embodied in the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount, may also feel involved in a struggle, for he has to free himself from material habits of thought and more clearly know himself as God's spiritual reflection. In this struggle, however, he is not alone, for God and His universal law of harmony are at work with him.

Commenting on a recent Gallup Poll on religious renewal in the United States, The Christian Science Monitor of May 20, 1982, reported, "Belief in astrology is as high among churchgoers as among nonchurchgoers." This belief would deprive us of proper self-government and self-determination by the suggestion that our destiny is material, mapped out for us by material forces.

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Cultivating a discriminating consciousness
May 2, 1983

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