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There is a higher law

From the March 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal

As I sat in my attorney’s office, he stated that the ultimate outcome of my case depended solely on which judge I was assigned. The judge’s personal bias would either undermine or help my case. But as he spoke, a spiritual intuition firmly overrode his opinion with conviction and authority. I heard through spiritual sense, almost as clearly as if someone present had spoken, “There is a higher law!”

Many of us have experienced difficulties that challenge our faith in justice. Through my very modest experience, I discovered that justice results from acknowledging and applying the higher spiritual law, God’s ever-present law of harmony, to our situation. Then we find that no person or circumstance can thwart justice, because we understand that all power rests on the side of God, good. In fact, justice and mercy are attributes of God.

Four essential guiding ideas unfolded in my thought over the next several months, stemming from that initial encouraging message of God’s law being the higher law—and, in truth, the only law. First, I recognized that this intuition was the “still, small voice” of God, divine Truth, assuring me that He loved me and that justice would prevail, regardless of which judge oversaw my case. Why? Because, as Christian Science teaches, God, infinite good, is the only authority in charge, and His laws govern and bless all impartially, justly, wisely. The Bible provides many examples of this, such as the wisdom of Solomon, vividly illustrating divine justice in action. God’s law of righteousness governing all and overriding every attempt of error to sabotage good both compels and supports honesty, justice, and fairness. As we read in Psalms, “Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face” (89:14).

Divine law is the light of Truth shining brightly and nullifying deceit, dishonesty, and craftiness.

Everyone has the ability to hear and obey God’s voice. But on the human scene, not everyone does. So the next guiding idea I came to understand was the need to pray specifically to contradict and counteract every claim of opposition to a just and fair outcome for everyone involved, even as that spiritual message I had heard had contradicted my attorney’s statement. I was acutely aware that misrepresentation, deceit, and craftiness, when not uncovered and corrected, would undermine the justice system. As my attorney stated, personal bias in a judge may tip the scales of justice. But any dispute or unjust situation can be prayerfully contested and recognized as under the control of the higher, spiritual law of Truth, always operating. This law overturns mortal so-called laws or opinions. Divine law is the light of Truth shining brightly and nullifying deceit, dishonesty, and craftiness. Because God knows only good, His ever-active laws unmask and destroy error. 

The third guiding idea was to know with conviction that I could trust God’s law to govern rightly the thoughts and motives of all involved. I needed to see every individual as an obedient child of God. Obedience to God’s law of good imparts spiritual power, purifying thought and cleansing motives. Obedience spiritualizes consciousness, freeing us to be and do good.

This led me to the startling realization that there is only one side to be on: God’s. And I saw that we could all trust the law of God that mandates justice for all. The divine law of intelligently and unselfishly doing the right thing at the right time governs man. Accepting this truth and progressively living it as best we can helps us to demonstrate over the often entrenched mortal view of “us versus them.” Stubbornness and rigidity melt, and a sincere desire to do right prevails.

Frankly, this change of view was a struggle at first, but it felt right to forgive and lovingly embrace all on both sides of the suit in my prayers. After all, God knows no conflict: He sees His children dwelling in brotherly love. As we trust in God’s loving, wise government of all, human will yields to “Thy will be done,” and the spirit of goodwill prevails over any ill will.

I was led to the startling realization that there is only one side to be on: God’s.

Lastly, my hope in a just outcome that blessed all was strengthened by this statement of Mary Baker Eddy’s: “This Science is a law of divine Mind, a persuasive animus, an unerring impetus, an ever-present help. Its presence is felt, for it acts and acts wisely, always unfolding the highway of hope, faith, understanding” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 3).

No injustice is possible when we understand that good, being spiritual, is always present and that each one has what is needed always. The oil of gratitude and love applied to issues that seem to be sticking points can shift thought in new directions, leading to inspired solutions. Then we meekly discover together the just resolution of God.

Our circumstances are not out of reach of the government of God’s allness and supremacy. His law of righteousness reveals harmony right where we are. The power and supremacy of divine law over mere material laws and human opinions is a demonstrable truth: “God’s law reaches and destroys evil by virtue of the allness of God. . . . God’s law is in three words, ‘I am All;’ and this perfect law is ever present to rebuke any claim of another law” (Mary Baker Eddy, No and Yes, p. 30).

By the day of the hearing, I was overflowing with joy and love for all involved! A just resolution—for which I had been inspired to prepare—was agreed upon to the satisfaction of all. When a dispute or injustice confronts us, we can trust in the higher law of God to govern fairly and ensure justice for all.

O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee? . . . Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand. Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
—Psalms 89:8, 13, 14 

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