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Christendom will soon again formally celebrate the day on...

From the December 1893 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Christendom will soon again formally celebrate the day on which Christ Jesus was born into the world; that day fraught with such mighty significance to mankind, and which ushered in a new era of divine Truth, in human consciousness.

It did not in reality usher in a New Testament, or revelation of divine law. The Mosaic Decalogue in its spiritual essence, embraces a full Testament of God to man, but it seems not to have been understood. The most general supposition is that the Ten Commandments established but a moral code, and that Jesus came to erect a new code based upon divine Love. The Decalogue understood and applied in its full spiritual import teaches the very infinity of divine Love. More than this it could not do.

Jesus repeatedly declares that he came not to destroy, but to fulfil the law of God. He constantly refers to Love, —the love of God and the neighbor, —as being the law and the prophets." Could there be a more comprehensive declaration of the law of Love than that contained in the first clause of the Decalogue, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me"? This declaration lived, would be the fulfilment of the law and the prophets, the fullest expression of Love. It is generally regarded as a command. It is infinitely more than that. It is the universal edict of divine Love. There is but one God, therefore, it is impossible to have (possess) any other. The Decalogue and the Sermon on the Mount should be placed in perpetual juxtaposition. They are so placed in our textbook, Science and Health. The one is clearly made the complement of the other.

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