True Labor without Self-Righteousness

In the eighteenth chapter of Luke we read the parable of two men praying. The human mind in condemning the different conditions of self-righteousness as claimed by the Pharisee often is inclined to overlook the most salient feature here expressed, "or even as this publican," although by his vivid judgment Jesus clearly made it the most important. Comparison is always breaking the second commandment. "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself," that is, see spiritual idea as all there is to neighbor. When alluding to this parable Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 448), "Blindness and self-righteousness cling fast to iniquity." It is not unusual in a group of people when discussing some action of another's to think as the Pharisee, perhaps in a more modern manner, as thus: "I may have my faults but thank God such or such (naming a specific error) is not one of them." Now Paul puts this all very clearly in the first three verses of the second chapter of his epistle to the Romans. It is as though he said, "If you believe in the reality of these things—in the reality of life, substance, and intelligence in matter, then you are on the same plane of thought or judgment as those who do these things." Then in the eleventh verse of the same chapter, in his peculiar, concise way he writes, "For there is no respect of persons with God." Spiritual idea is alone worthy of the recognition of divine Mind. Close study of these writings of Paul reveals that the self-righteousness of his time is the self-righteousness of to-day and will continue to be the self-righteousness of all ages until the world changes its wrong concept of God and man to the right concept, namely, divine Principle and idea.

In Isaiah we read, "Behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy." We grasp the full meaning of this prophecy only as we understand what Mrs. Eddy says on page 468 of Science and Health: "The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a compound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit." Here she plainly states that the compound idea is spiritual; therefore the entirety of this compound idea must be spiritual.

The First Commandment
January 22, 1921

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