The Thorn Road

One of the most familiar Bible texts, and one whose literal interpretation, or rather misinterpretation, has plunged many a suffering mortal into smoldering resentment toward God and the universe in general, is the passage, "Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth." Explained in the light of Christian Science, however, this text becomes a great comfort to the faithful pilgrim plodding through the quicksands of matter "toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

We read in Habakkuk that God is of too pure eyes to behold evil, and that He cannot look upon iniquity. Such being the case, it is evident that he whom God loves and whom He receives is free from every taint of evil, else God could not look upon him at all. To be received of God, then, we must be conscious of the real man's spiritual perfection. How can the realization of man's true nature be brought about? The advice of the apostle Paul is, "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh."

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