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Putting God’s law into practice—honestly and effectively
The laws of mathematics are universally applicable. The standard rules of addition or division never vary according to country, language, culture, or ethnicity. So it is, too, with Christian Science, which is “the law of God, the law of good, interpreting and demonstrating the divine Principle and rule of universal harmony” (Rudimental Divine Science, p. 1). That’s how Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, defined it. It is universal, spiritual law that is not subject to material or human factors. Therefore, this law of Truth, the Christ Science, is applicable everywhere, by everyone, irrespective of the culture or society in which one lives.
Christian Science takes us on a journey of discovery of the nature of God as universal divine Love, as all-knowing Mind. We learn of God as unchanging Love, as the divine Principle that undergirds and encompasses the universe. This is not an arbitrary set of rules that may be applied haphazardly. Rather, it is the divine law of the all-good God, who is supreme and is present everywhere. It is expressed in the first of the Ten Commandments given to Moses: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). Or, as Christ Jesus put it: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). And demonstrating this spiritual law made all of Jesus’ healing work possible.
Can everyone understand God’s law and demonstrate it as Jesus did? Christian Science teaches that our true identity is as God’s creation, His spiritual ideas. Realizing this, we see how normal and natural it is for everyone to love God with all their hearts and minds—to express their spiritual identity, to put God first, and to live in obedience to His laws. God, as Love itself, would not demand of anyone what he or she is incapable of doing.
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From the readers
Lori Biesterfeldt, Ann Hanson, Virginia P. Fay
Forecasts—not the final word
The powerful place of prayer
Lesley Ann Mascall
Healing as Jesus healed—still possible today
Sharing Christian Science with integrity
Freedom and woman’s unlimited capabilities
A remarkable realization
God is everywhere! Everywhere!
Quick healing of injured fingers
Sight issue healed
'A radiant sunset ...'
Photograph by Peter Anderson
A lesson on UN peacekeeping—from Haiti
The <i>Monitor’s</i> Editorial Board
A fresh look at possibilities for good