Proving Evil to Be Nothing

When Jesus declared, of the carnal-minded men of that day, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do," he showed his unerring sense of cause and effect. It was to such as were willing slaves to the carnal mind that he said, "O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?" And that which Jesus uttered then the Christ utters at every moment, at every turn, to each would-be Christian who is of the carnal-minded. That awful judgment, "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap," is still the inflexible law, still the only sword of Damocles to-day.

Men turn to Christian Science either out of love of good or fear of evil; they remain to discover that the fear of evil gets them nowhere, and that the only progress that can be made is through a sincere and hearty affection for good. Many a man has "tried" Christian Science, fondly hoping that it was a mental means of amassing wealth, achieving fame, insuring physical satisfaction, only to discover that the words of the apostle James, "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts," are terribly, inexorably as true to-day as when they were written.

"The past, the present, and the future"
December 3, 1921

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