'Healing Under the Law and the Gospel'
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Obedience to the first commandment promotes morality and healing. It promotes the understanding that law emanates from God - that is, from infinite Truth. The harmony of our being is established by divine law. Because divine Spirit is absolutely All, the only source of genuine law, nothing physical or sensual can be law.Skip to next paragraph
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Obedience to the first commandment means to put God, Spirit, first, to consider real and permanent the qualities that originate in Spirit - the purity, love, and goodness. This allegiance to Spirit establishes moral behavior, dominion over passions and false appetites. Spiritually based conduct doesn't vary with time or fashion. It remains unchanged through the ages and can be practiced in any society when individuals are willing to understand and prove that Spirit, not matter, governs man.
This kind of understanding brings liberation from any enslaving habit, be it smoking, drinking, or the use of drugs. And here we should clarify a point. Some people may entertain the notion that ''Christian Science is that religion which doesn't believe in doctors.'' Well, I can honestly say that it doesn't promote or teach antagonism toward anybody or anything. No one is more qualified than the Leader of the Christian Science movement to correct any misconception on the subject. Mrs. Eddy says: ''A genuine Christian Scientist loves Protestant and Catholic, D.D. and M.D., - loves all who love God, good; and he loves his enemies. It will be found that, instead of opposing, such an individual subserves the interests of both medical faculty and Christianity, and they thrive together, learning that Mind-power is good will towards men'' (''The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany,'' p. 4). What it means to have one God
It's clear, then, that a genuine Christian Scientist isn't antagonistic toward the medical profession. But we should consider that Mrs. Eddy also says, ''Religion and medicine must be dematerialized to present the right idea of Truth; then will this idea cast out error and heal the sick'' (''The People's Idea of God,'' pp. 7, 8).
Christian Science teaches us how to worship God ''in spirit and in truth'' (John 4:24) - thus fulfilling the first commandment. Obedience to divine Spirit constitutes the most effective form of religion and medicine. It eliminates the need for drugs, for material methods, because it inculcates an absolute reliance on divine Spirit and Love, a reliance that brings healing. In other words, we don't take drugs because we find healing in understandingly worshiping God, Spirit, the opposite of matter.
Whatever seems to glorify the belief that matter has intelligence or substance is a mortal imposition, which can be eliminated by yielding to the first commandment. To have one God means to adhere to purity, to gain dominion over sensuality and freedom from enslaving habits. To have one God means to understand that man is created by Spirit and influenced only by divine Mind, by God.
Looking to our spiritual origin and yielding to the guidance of divine law, each one of us can discover his innocence, no matter how strong the attachment to materiality seems to be.
Christ Jesus, the master Christian, our Exemplar of obedience to the laws of God, admonished his followers, ''Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect'' (Matt. 5:48). Proving we can follow the Master
Though our behavior sometimes seems far from the absolute demonstration of Jesus' command, every effort to be pure, every battle won over hate and discord, every moment of conscious discernment of our spiritual sonship with God, is a proof that it's possible to follow our Master's admonition.
Now, we won't progress by promoting an alluring personality. A material personality, good or bad, is not the image and likeness of God. Again, innocence and wholeness are found in the perception and expression of our spiritual individuality - our only true individuality.