"Come out from among them"

Come out from among them, and be ye separate," was Paul's instruction to the people. The same advice stands good to-day if we would gain a better understanding of the truth to which all must come sooner or later, in order to be free from all discordant conditions,—the truth the understanding of which Jesus taught would bring the recognition of life eternal. What does "Come out from among them" mean? Surely not to avoid in every manner our friends and those with whom we have been accustomed to associate. It must mean to come out from every thing that leads us away from Principle, from our old ways of thinking, believing, and acting, and be separated from envy, jealousy, hate, revenge, and all evil thinking and ignorance. It means for us to reason rightly instead of ignorantly about man and the universe. We must know that the real man and the real universe, created by Principle in its own image and likeness, is forever separate from the nonentity called the Adam-man and Adam-creation, formed from the dust of the ground after a mist arose, and including subtlety, falsity, anger, jealousy, hate, revenge, and murder.

It is recorded in the gospel of John, "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." Also, in Habakkuk, "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity." These and many other statements recorded in the Scriptures show forth without a doubt that the Adam-man mentioned in the second chapter of Genesis is no part of the divine Mind's creation, and therefore does not exist. The truth destroys the false belief and brings to light the real man created in the image and likeness of God. "Jesus of Nazareth," Mrs. Eddy says, on page 313 of Science and Health, "was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe." He demonstrated to his disciples the real and spiritual man created by God, healing the sick and sinning and overcoming material conditions unheard of before. He led them into a better understanding of man's spiritual relationship to God, who as Principle was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

"The frightened sense"
January 21, 1922

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