Impersonalize Evil

"Your joy no man taketh from you," so reads the Scripture. This is not only a promise but an actual statement of fact, of Truth, to which may be applied Jesus' words, "If ye continue in my word . . . . ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." In this and the preceding chapter of John, Jesus was talking to his followers concerning the persecutions which they must suffer for righteousness' sake. He said: "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you," and, "They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service," and, "Ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you." In other words, though the man Jesus would no longer walk among them, they would perceive the Christ, Truth, and rejoice, so that no matter what trials they might have to undergo no man could rob them of their joy.

This Christ, Truth, is eternal and this promise of joy is perpetual to all those who perceive and understand it, no matter what trials and purifying fires may test and strengthen them. "But," one may say, "the world is full of earnest Christians who are following the Christ to the best of their understanding and who are nevertheless robbed of joy by the injustice and persecutions of men, both out in the world and among members of the same households." Now, although this may seem to be the case, are the suffering ones being robbed of their joy by those of whom they say, "If he would only do differently my problems would be so much lighter," or are they apparently being made miserable by their false concepts of these individuals? It is not our brother who is making our way difficult, but our wrong concept of brother, of God's man. When we realize the impersonal nature of evil and see the divine Mind's creation as Mind sees it, realizing that the discord apparently in it is but a distorted view of it, we shall find that our trouble is not in the action of some one else, but in our false concept of creation.

September 3, 1921

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