An Appeal to Caesar

This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar. Agrippa.

In the earliest beginnings of time, evil was evil; and in the remotest, hoary cycles, so long as a belief of material existence remains, evil will be evil. Events which are separated, in sense, many years from our individual problems, seem lost in the shadows, and so vague as to have little worth as present-day helps. This belief is in itself mesmerism, for by the operation of such a supposition, the Holy Scriptures have become to some, only an example of pure English, pure style, and pure ethics, with but little that is practical. The value of understanding fully the simple axiom that evil is always evil, and its corollary, that good is always good, cannot be over-estimated. By means of the illumination which it brings, we are able to heal by reading the Bible, because every statement of Truth is a present statement of a present Truth, every expose and denunciation of error is, for us, a demolition of the particular phase of material sense which at that moment is causing us distress. It is probable that herein lies the reason for the Christian Scientist's zealous study of the Bible. Our perspective is a near one. Bursting through the mists that popularly enshroud the Old Testament figures, and even Jesus and his apostles, we span the centuries with an instant realization, hear the thunders of Sinai, and understand the Christ, when he says, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."

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