On the Damascus Road

Law is irreversible. The mere fact that a thing is reversible proves it not to be law. That is exactly what Principle was saying to Paul on the day, when journeying from Jerusalem to Damascus, he heard the voice which said unto him, "It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks." Kicking against the pricks is, indeed, an occupation to be avoided. Therefore, it is well for men to learn what law is, and to strive to be obedient unto law. Until they do this, they are destined to a perpetual conflict with Truth, a conflict in which they must inevitably be worsted. The wise man realizes this, and endeavors industriously to put his house in order. For his house is simply the consciousness in which he dwells, and this consciousness will be spiritual or material, in accordance with his ordering of his thoughts.

What, therefore, a man thinks is the thing that matters, and this for the very simple reason that what he thinks is what he does. Every act must be thought before it can be given effect to. Therefore, it is the daily guarding of his thought which constitutes the protection which makes it impossible for temptation or suggestion to appeal to him. To say, then, that Spirit is all, and to act as if matter was all, is to make plain your disbelief in your own premises. No person who really knew that Spirit was all would put himself in the position of denying Spirit by acting unnecessarily materially. Of course, it is only little by little, as the individual grasps the meaning of the allness of Spirit, that he is able to order his thought, and consequently his life, so as to demonstrate his increasing understanding. "To stop eating, drinking, or being clothed materially," Mrs. Eddy writes, on page 254 of Science and Health, "before the spiritual facts of existence are gained step by step, is not legitimate. When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path. Imperfect mortals grasp the ultimate of spiritual perfection slowly; but to begin aright and to continue the strife of demonstrating the great problem of being, is doing much." The aim of the individual, then, is to put off the carnal mind as quickly as may be by demonstrating the fact that the only Mind is the Mind of Christ. But when once this admission has been made, it is inadmissible to give more thought to matter than is temporarily inevitable. And so the battle with the flesh begins, the individual's daily effort to take up the cross, the denial of matter, and to walk in the footsteps of the Christ.

August 27, 1921

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