Addition and Subtraction

The propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained (George Washington)


In 1687 Sir Issac Newton, building on the work of Galileo and Kepler, published his theory of gravity in Principia and received credit for developing the first quantitative theory of gravitation. Newton held that every particle of matter in the universe attracts every other particle with a force that is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them. Simply stated, gravity is defined as the universal force of attraction that affects all matter. Most of us cannot explain the intricate details of Newton’s law, but we have experienced it working in our lives; when we were learning to walk or ride a bicycle.


There is another law working in our lives. It is the Law of Addition and Subtraction which the Bible, our textbook of Spiritual Science, defines in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and every need of your life will be met.” The law of addition says when we put first things first the values which make life meaningful, significant and worth living will become the overwhelming influence in our lives. The law of subtraction states that when we prioritize anything other than God, everything that makes life good and fulfilling will be taken from us. The laws of addition and subtraction are either working for us or against us.


A tragedy people repeat generation after generation is that they become so accustomed to the wrong way that the wrong way seems right, and the right way seems wrong. The Bible, our textbook of Spiritual Science, reveals that the law we prioritize in this life will decide our eternal destiny. If we prioritize wrong, then the Law of Subtraction will rob us of all hope forever. The opposite occurs when we prioritize the Law of Addition. The law we practice in this life will determine our eternal destiny.

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