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From the June 1936 issue of The Christian Science Journal

"Order is heaven's first law," is a saying so familiar that its use may seem almost trite, but considered in the light of Christian Science, it takes on new meaning. On page 587 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy defines "heaven," in part, as "harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by divine Principle." It is evident that where Spirit, divine Principle, reigns, there must be perfect order. In the government of absolute Principle, all must be in accord with invariable law. In the spiritual universe, then, the reign of law and order is supreme.

Writing on pages 470 and 471 of Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy says, "The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history." From this it will be seen that not only is everything in the spiritual universe governed by divine law, but it must, as a necessary consequence, express a complete and perfect sense of order. It is also seen that in all his relations to God, divine Mind, man is subject to and governed by this same infallible, changeless law of Spirit. Therefore, everything pertaining to man and to his well-being is always manifesting the utmost sense of orderliness and harmony.

There can be nothing haphazard about the government of the real man and the spiritual universe, because they reflect the perfection and harmony of divine Principle. In the realm of reality there is no chance or change. Nothing in God's kingdom is subject to uncertainty or variability. In the spiritual realm there are no accidents, no mistakes. In it, all moves with absolute accuracy and precision. The marvelous exactness of movement in the stellar universe typifies the perfect order and harmony expressed throughout the universe of God, Spirit, Mind, which is the only real and enduring universe.

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