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To accept that good fortune can have a place in our lives is to accept that bad luck can also have a place. This belief in chance, either good or bad, is a type of mental blinker that hinders us from finding a solid basis on which to build happy and confident lives.

On what, then, can we depend?

Christ Jesus showed by his example that God's law can always be depended on with absolute certainty. Whether he was passing unscathed through an angry mob, calming a storm at sea, feeding a multitude, or healing the sick, he proved the efficacy of divine law to heal and save. Every phase of Jesus' experience illustrated his complete certainty that God alone, good alone, governs man.

Those who want to attain something of the dominion that Jesus always displayed love to study the Gospels, where his example is recorded for us. Through this study we learn that the Master's wonderful certainty of good came directly from God. ''The Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works,'' n1 Jesus said. Also, ''With God all things are possible.'' n2

n1 John 14:10.

n2 Matthew 19:26.

Because, as the Bible teaches, there is only one infinite, all-powerful God, all true law must and can only come from God, Spirit, not matter. And because man is the offspring of God, in truth he is always governed by divine law. What are termed material laws - laws of disease, chance, and so forth - may appear to be very real and powerful. But if they're not the product of God, of good, they have no eternal divine Principle behind them. Real law emanates from Principle, from divine Spirit, and therefore must be spiritual. Being spiritual, it can never be destroyed, never fluctuate. It is eternal, infinite, always present and perfectly effective. It does not include an iota of chance, is not haphazard, inconsequential. It is completely dependable, entirely good, and, above all, it is the law of perfect divine Love. This law could not permit even the tiniest element of misfortune.

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