Regeneration

Saul of Tarsus was a firm believer in the Jewish faith, and therefore in the law as taught by Moses. He was bitterly opposed to Jesus and his teaching, yet he found eventually that Jesus' teaching was identical with the spiritual utterances of Moses and the prophets, and that the Sermon on the Mount was but a clearer presentation of the ten commandments. Read through continuously in the light of Christian Science, the commandments and beatitudes are the story of humanity coming into man's divine heritage.

While on his way to Damascus to do away with the followers of Jesus, Saul was perchance turning over in his thought the snatches of this new teaching which he had been able to gather, and was pondering upon them. Suddenly he seems to have reached the point where he realized that even though he had studied the Jewish law from his youth up, yet he was "poor" spiritually, and, regardless of the fact that he was in command of a body of soldiers and carried papers from the high priest, that the object of his journey was not really to wipe out the Christian faith, but to learn more of it. With this understanding there must have come a peace and happiness which carried him at once into harmony, and he was indeed "blessed." He doubtless saw that the Christ-teaching was not intended to destroy the law, but to help men to have "no other gods before me"—the one true God. So clearly did Saul see this that he began at once to aid instead of trying to hinder this cause. Our Leader tells us (Science and Health, p. 326) that "in humility he took the new name of Paul."

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