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THE ABSOLUTE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD

From the May 1952 issue of The Christian Science Journal


The absolute sovereignty of God is no mere theory or nicely coined phrase. This central truth of the Bible is demonstrable spiritual fact. As our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, writes in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 109): "Christian Science reveals incontrovertibly that Mind is All-in-all, that the only realities are the divine Mind and idea. This great fact is not, however, seen to be supported by sensible evidence, until its divine Principle is demonstrated by healing the sick and thus proved absolute and divine. This proof once seen, no other conclusion can be reached."

Challenging statement this, requiring as it does far more than a formal profession of faith in Deity. Instead, it demands of Christian Scientists the concrete evidences of spiritual healing in support of their claim to an adequate understanding of the divine Principle of this Science—one infinite God without rival, opposite, or equal. To one realizing the omnipresence of Spirit, the unreality of evil, matter, and mortal mind is clearly apparent. It is Mind which performs the healing. The practitioner understands and loves Mind's Christ-idea, which reveals God filling all space, exercising all power, constituting all Life, substance, entity, and man as His wholly spiritual, perfect expression.

Needless to say, such heaven-born consciousness is attained and maintained only as we keep the God-idea in thought and live it in daily life. Can it be said that ineffable Love is supreme in our affections? Are we consciously giving our entire homage, obedience, and worship to the one perfect Mind? If so, then this absolute sovereignty of Soul which reigns in us will be manifested in higher demonstrations of divine healing. God is adored not merely by the movement of the lips in prayer, but by silent, fervent desire, coupled with acts of unselfed love, purity of heart, and good works, which enable us to glorify God as our divine Principle.

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