Unreasonable criticism and complaint darken one's dawning sense of spirituality and stunt one's own growth in Christian Science. The children of Israel were brought through the water on dry ground, but up to that time, although Moses proved to the people that God was leading them, they were afraid to take the next step because they could not see how God would lead them over that expanse of water. And when Moses would have cried unto the Lord because of all the doubt and fear, God said, "Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward." To stand still with a sense of lack and limitation does not give one a sense of progress, but rather just the opposite sense, and the complaint will be voiced that he is not making a demonstration over the false claims arising from lack of understanding. A sense of need is experienced which, if not guarded against, may be passed on to others and possibly a whole church or community be influenced by it.

Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses, who had risen to a higher plane of thought than they themselves had done, and they were punished for their sin and foolishness, but the whole congregation were at a standstill until this thought was healed, and no progress was made until the error was eliminated from the camp. This should teach us to avoid the mistake of criticizing and condemning others, who may possibly have risen to a higher plane of thought than that which we ourselves have attained. It is the complaining and limited thought which leads one to criticize and thus bring himself and others into darkness.

August 3, 1912

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