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Dominion: being subordinate to God alone

From the January 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

There’s a reason why every human heart yearns for individual sovereignty and freedom—and why this yearning cannot be repressed successfully by human will or any circumstance. It’s because dominion is everyone’s permanent, God-given birthright. 

It’s vital to understand the dominion God gave to everyone in order to experience more freedom as individuals, families, communities, and nations—as well as to care properly for the earth’s environment and all its creatures. What’s been grabbing my attention lately on the subject of dominion is the spiritual sense of the creation account in the first chapter of Genesis.

People talk about having, or striving to have, dominion over evil. That’s certainly desirable and necessary, of course, so it really gave me pause when I realized that the dominion God gave to each of us was given in a universe where no evil exists: “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:31). So, I asked myself: “What exactly, then, is the dominion God gave to us? And how can we put it into practice effectively in our experience, where evil definitely needs to be overcome?”

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