The earliest record of misunderstandings which we have is that found in Genesis, where we read that the people were building a tower, intended to reach heaven, and that the Lord came from the sky to see what they were doing and said, "Let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech." It is needless to say that the concept of deity here presented is very different from that held in Christian Science, where we are told that God, divine Love, "changeth not and causeth no evil, disease, nor death" (Science and Health, p. 140). Mrs. Eddy also says (p. 537) that the merely literal sense of the Bible "would imply that God withheld from man the opportunity to reform, lest man should improve it and become better: but this is not the nature of God, who is Love always." It is therefore mortal man's belief about God which is given in the story of the tower of Babel, a belief that God would harm instead of help men, and a misunderstanding of God which must be healed, for if we fail to understand God, we are sure to misunderstand our fellow men, and thus be hindered in our efforts to reach heaven, the harmony of being.

It is safe to say that all the misunderstandings of the ages have arisen from a false concept of God and man, but if we know God aright, we shall never take the false for true, nor the true for false. Here we are reminded that the Bible says, "Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm." This passage in the light of Christian Science means that we must turn from personality to Principle at each step of the way, for if we fail to do this we are certain to have misunderstandings and wonder why we are so afflicted. Our brethern, until they emerge wholly from the bewildering bondage of mortal belief, are often mistaken, even where their intentions are good; hence the warning against trust in mortal man.

January 6, 1912

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