No Compromise

In his second epistle to the Corinthians, Paul asks, "What communion hath light with darkness?" manifestly indicating by the form of his question that there is no communion, not even a twilight zone of agreement between them. The true meaning of the question appears in another immediately following: "And what concord hath Christ with Belial?" Paul here draws a distinct line between good and evil.

Mortals, however, have always attempted to hold to something of evil while accepting something of good; in other words, to compromise both in thinking and acting, in the attempt to find a middle ground by making friends with both. This viewpoint is sometimes considered as broad, indeed, as expressive of a wide mental horizon; and, as suggestion, it often speaks to the Christian for the purpose of making him forget or neglect the narrow way, which Jesus counseled all to follow. On this very subject we read in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 41), "So we see that Christian Science makes no compromise with evil, sin, wrong, or imperfection, but maintains the perfect standard of truth and righteousness and joy." The complete separation between these two contraries is quickly stated: good can never know evil, nor can evil know good. Material illustrations may seem to contradict this statement; but, whatever the arguments, sooner or later that upon which they are based falls into its own category. Reality, God's goodness, can never be turned into evil; nor can so-called evil ever be improved into His goodness. As Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 113): "Life, God, omnipotent good, deny death, evil, sin, disease. Disease, sin, evil, death, deny good, omnipotent God, Life."

Limitation Overcome
December 2, 1922

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