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LIBERTY

From the January 1918 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Liberty is generally conceded to be the gift of God, and in its true sense rightly so; but in its frequent application, meaning the freedom to do precisely as one likes, it would seem to include few of the godlike qualities,—and it is certainly not in this sense calculated to bring one nearer to Principle. The utterance of the words of Jesus in Gethsemane, "Not my will, but thine, be done," would from this standpoint mean the forfeiture of an inalienable right, of man, and the gift of God; but for Jesus, who had learned that "the flesh profiteth nothing," the prayer meant entering more fully into the God-given inheritance of dominion, or true liberty, which can be found only in obedience to Principle.