Christian Science: The Religion of Divine Law

Originally published in the 1915 pamphlet titled Christian Science: The Religion of Divine Law

THERE is in all men, individually and collectively, an inherent, instinctive respect for the law, even human law, which at best is faulty. The purpose of our discourse is to present Christian Science to you as based upon divine law, the function through which God's infinite good is operative in the universe and man. Law is synonymous with truth, order, justice, equity. Therefore to prove that Christian Science is based upon divine law, we must prove that it is exact and right; that it pertains to a system perfect in its operation, conforms to a proper standard and violates no right, gives to every man his due, and above all is universal in its adaptability.

The Mosaic law, revealed to all men for all time from Mount Sinai, was the first exposition of the divine law which should govern man in his relationship to God as well as to his fellow man. From it spring all human laws and moral codes. The first commandment is, supreme and all inclusive in its declaration of God and its warning against the recognition of any power or law as originating in anything that is physical or material. "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" is the origin and basis of all true religion. Upon it was founded the ancient confession of faith of the Jewish people: "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might."

Christ Jesus taught this same law, saying, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." It is written that when a lawyer asked of him, "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus answered: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

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