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How divine Love meets the human need

From the March 1993 issue of The Christian Science Journal

God is divine Love; and this Love is all-embracing, always present, consistently providing for its vast creation, including man. This basic truth remains fundamental to the teaching and practice of Christian Science, which demonstrates that Love's creation is, as a verse in the Christian Science Hymnal rejoices, "cared for, watched over, beloved and protected ...." Hymnal, No. 278.

The Science of Christ affirms that each of us is actually the child of God—the work of Love—and consequently we can never be outside of Love's care, never beyond Love's embrace, never without Love's provision. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy offers this tender assurance to humanity: "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need." Science and Health, p. 494.

Yet the nature of divine Love to provide continuously for our needs does not mean that God, who is infinite Spirit as well as infinite Love, actually has conscious knowledge of the material condition. If God were conscious of physical need, He would also have to be aware of human frailty and limitation—conscious even of sin, sickness, and death. And if God recognized these errors, it would follow that He had somehow allowed evils to exist or had created the very conditions by which such discord could occur.

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