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A deeper understanding of dominion

From the June 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The phrase, “God gave man dominion,” is one I hear often at Christian Science Wednesday evening testimony meetings. It is from the Bible: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Gen. 1:26). 

Until recently, my understanding of dominion was superficial, maybe even a bit literal. I used that verse as a way to bolster my confidence, to thumb my nose at sickness or evil. But today, I am so very grateful for a deeper understanding of dominion that has changed the way I pray. 

In a chat entitled, “Busy life? There’s a way to make space for peaceful moments,” the speaker emphasized several times the need to claim our God-given dominion over our days. So I spent the next couple of days praying for a clearer understanding of dominion and was amazed at what was revealed to me. 

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