If there is one particular lesson which the world needs...

The Christian Science Monitor

If there is one particular lesson which the world needs to learn, perhaps more than any other, it is that hatred and resentment cannot be indulged by anyone without the penalty therefor being paid. Mankind, for a very obvious reason, has been most lenient with itself on this score, and in some instances of spiritual ignorance, hatred has been looked upon and even recommended as if there were actually something of good in it. However, "ignorance of the law excuses no one." Mrs. Eddy has much to say on the subject of hatred that is pointedly interesting. On page 12 of "Miscellaneous Writings" we read: "Hate no one; for hatred is a plague-spot that spreads its virus and kills at last. If indulged, it masters us; brings suffering upon suffering to its possessor, throughout time and beyond the grave."

Severe warnings against hatred seem necessary to awaken humanity to find the way out of it. That there is a way out, however,—a sure way, the way of divine Principle,—Christian Science has come to show. Hatred is always an expression of carnal, unreal, mortal mind—nothing more. In its unreality lies the avenue of mankind's escape from the belief in it. Only so long as hatred is believed in as a reality and indulged, will men suffer from its effects; and to know this, with the assurance that Christian Science gives, puts a man on his feet and enables him to help himself and others out of the falsity of this and other unreal beliefs.

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