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THE DIVINE DEMANDS ARE FIRST

From the March 1950 issue of The Christian Science Journal


To anyone tempted to feel burdened by the seemingly heavy demands made upon him in these fast moving times, Christian Science speaks with tender, divinely intelligent persuasion, bidding him look up and recognize that God's demands come first in importance and that obedience to them makes the yoke easy and the burden light. For Christian Science teaches mankind to exchange the bondage of materiality for the freedom of spirituality, the false sense of living for the true.

The very desire to live rightly is from God and receives God's blessing in the understanding of how to do His will. It is in obedience to God's law that we begin to recognize our sonship with God, our oneness with divine Mind.

In the Bible we find many clear and concise statements of the divine demands, so emphatic as to leave no doubt of their primary importance. One of these divine demands is recorded in Genesis as God's own Word to the patriarch, Abram (Gen. 17: 1), "I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect." The prophet Micah voices another (6:8): "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" A third is stated in the Master's injunction (Matt. 5:48), "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."

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