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Spirit And Law

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         We are accustomed to think and to speak of gravitation
         as a law of matter; while every quality of matter,
         in and of itself, is inert, inanimate, and non-intelligent.
25    The assertion that matter is a law, or a lawgiver, is
         anomalous. Wherever law is, Mind is; and the notion

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1      that Mind can be in matter is rank infidelity, which either
         excludes God from the universe, or includes Him in every
         mode and form of evil. Pantheism presupposes that
         God sleeps in the mineral, dreams in the animal, and
5      wakes in a wicked man.

         The distinction between that which is and that which
         is not law, must be made by Mind and as Mind. Law is
         either a moral or an immoral force. The law of God is
         the law of Spirit, a moral and spiritual force of immor-
10    tal and divine Mind. The so-called law of matter is an
         immoral force of erring mortal mind, alias the minds of
         mortals. This so-called force, or law, at work in nature
         as a power, prohibition, or license, is cruel and merciless.
         It punishes the innocent, and repays our best deeds
15    with sacrifice and suffering. It is a code whose modes
         trifle with joy, and lead to immediate or ultimate death.
         It fosters suspicion where confidence is due, fear where
         courage is requisite, reliance where there should be
         avoidance, a belief in safety where there is most
20    danger. Our Master called it “a murderer from the

         Electricity, governed by this so-called law, sparkles
         on the cloud, and strikes down the hoary saint. Floods
         swallow up homes and households; and childhood, age,
25    and manhood go down in the death-dealing wave. Earth-
         quakes engulf cities, churches, schools, and mortals.
         Cyclones kill and destroy, desolating the green earth.
         This pitiless power smites with disease the good Samari-
         tan ministering to his neighbor’s need. Even the chamber
30    where the good man surrenders to death is not exempt
         from this law. Smoothing the pillow of pain may infect
         you with smallpox, according to this lawless law which

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1      dooms man to die for loving his neighbor as himself,—
         when Christ has said that love is the fulfilling of the

         Our great Ensample, Jesus of Nazareth, met and abol-
5      ished this unrelenting false claim of matter with the
         righteous scorn and power of Spirit. When, through
         Mind, he restored sight to the blind, he figuratively and
         literally spat upon matter; and, anointing the wounded
         spirit with the great truth that God is All, he demon-
10    strated the healing power and supremacy of the law of
         Life and Love.

         In the spiritual Genesis of creation, all law was vested
         in the Lawgiver, who was a law to Himself. In divine
         Science, God is One and All; and, governing Himself,
15    He governs the universe. This is the law of creation:
         “My defense is of God, which saveth the upright in
         heart.” And that infinite Mind governs all things. On
         this infinite Principle of freedom, God named Him-
         self, I AM. Error, or Adam, might give names to itself,
20    and call Mind by the name of matter, but error could
         neither name nor demonstrate Spirit. The name, I
         AM, indicated no personality that could be paralleled
         with it; but it did declare a mighty individuality,
         even the everlasting Father, as infinite consciousness,
25    ever-presence, omnipotence; as all law, Life, Truth, and

         God’s interpretation of Himself furnishes man with
         the only suitable or true idea of Him; and the divine
         definition of Deity differs essentially from the human.
30    It interprets the law of Spirit, not of matter. It explains
         the eternal dynamics of being, and shows that nature
         and man are as harmonious to-day as in the beginning,

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1      when “all things were made by Him; and without Him
         was not any thing made.”

         Whatever appears to be law, but partakes not of the
         nature of God, is not law, but is what Jesus declared
5      it, “a liar, and the father of it.” God is the law of Life,
         not of death; of health, not of sickness; of good, not
         of evil. It is this infinitude and oneness of good that
         silences the supposition that evil is a claimant or a claim.
         The consciousness of good has no consciousness or knowl-
10    edge of evil; and evil is not a quality to be known or
         eliminated by good: while iniquity, too evil to conceive
         of good as being unlike itself, declares that God knows

         When the Lawgiver was the only law of creation, free-
15    dom reigned, and was the heritage of man; but this
         freedom was the moral power of good, not of evil: it
         was divine Science, in which God is supreme, and the
         only law of being. In this eternal harmony of Science,
         man is not fallen: he is governed in the same rhythm
20    that the Scripture describes, when “the morning stars
         sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.”

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