Avoid the Appearance of Evil

The teaching of Christian Science is the teaching of Christianity pure and simple. Moses as the author of the Ten Commandments and Jesus as the author of the Sermon on the Mount, were the personal exponents of the religious precepts which form the basis of Christian Science teaching. In their personality they reflected God as Divine Principle. That is to say, they taught and proved God to be the universal Mind, the controlling force, the Omnipotence of the universe. He was the one and only God—the great I AM—of Moses' teaching, and the one Father—the one and only Good—of Jesus' teachings.

The teachings of Moses and Jesus are amplified in the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and shown forth throughout Mrs. Eddy's writings. The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount are wonderfully epitomized in the Tenets of the Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Mass. No one can read these Tenets without seeing this. Think of the depth of meaning contained in the words: "We solemnly promise to strive, watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus, to love one another, and to be meek, merciful, just, and pure."

Here, we say, are the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount in a few words. To have in us the Mind that Jesus had, is to reflect the divine character which Jesus reflected; to be governed by God as he was governed by God; to work as he worked, pray as he prayed, heal as he healed, rebuke and destroy sin as he rebuked and destroyed it; and generally to follow him as he said all must do who could hope to get into the kingdom of God.

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Overcoming not Overlooking
July 18, 1901

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