God: the Principle known as Love

To Jesus, God was a very intimate Parent—one who numbers "the very hairs of your head"  Matt. 10:30. and who can be called "Abba, Father."  Mark 14:36. This Aramaic word "Abba" is the language a young child might have used to address his "daddy." Each of us can feel just as close and familiar to God. It's not a feeling known only to Jesus. Paul said, "Ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."  Rom. 8:15.

The term "Principle," used in Christian Science as a synonym for God, embraces everything that Christendom rightly holds dear about a tender, loving, and caring Father God—one who comforts, heals, and redeems. One who hears and answers prayer. One who holds us in His arms. Christian Science never abandons the immanence of God for some remote, cold, abstruse Principle. This isn't the God of true worship.

Divine Principle isn't a theorem of mathematics or a rule of musical counterpoint. These human disciplines only hint at the unchanging perfection and harmony of Deity. Divine Principle is living Being. The laws of mathematics and music are not.

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November 26, 1984

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