"The root of all evil"

Most students of what is termed human nature soon arrive at the conclusion of Paul, who states, in I Timothy, that "the love of money is the root of all evil." Paul did not err, as might a more superficial reasoner, and charge that money, in itself only a convenient symbol for service, is the source of evil; he goes straight to the point and makes plain that the evil lies in the love of money. This root of all evil is among the plants which our heavenly Father has not planted, and which must be uprooted wherever found. Where its purpose is suited, this vice can assume the cloak of virtue, and pose with much sanctimony as thrift. It seeks to defraud under the innocent title of business acumen, and often deludes its victim into living for years in the midst of poverty and discomfort, with the idea of "laying up for a rainy day," whereas a rainy day, if inevitable, might be preferable to years of murky fog.

Workers in Christian Science find this root of evil seeking to obstruct the line of every activity. It is interesting, for example, to note the various excuses accepted by prosperous Christian Scientists as good and sufficient to exempt one from subscribing to all the Christian Science periodicals. The observer marvels to trace this tiny root through its peculiar and often amusing evolutions. No one else, perhaps, has quite the same view of the root in all its bald ugliness as has the practitioner. On coming to Christian Science for healing, the first question a person sometimes asks is, "Why should a practitioner be paid?" The beginner is, as he supposes, quite properly shocked that one should accept money for a prayer. For generations, people have, often reluctantly, paid the family doctor, and, still more hesitatingly, produced the price of material existence for the minister. The Christian Science practitioner, occupying in part the place of both, may thus seem in the position to receive the force of a double reluctance to exchange carnal gifts for spiritual, as Paul phrases it.

"Come forth"
May 22, 1920

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