Right Condemnation

When Jesus said to his disciples, "Condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned," he set before them a great duty and the possibility of a great reward. Christians evidently have not realized the full meaning of this statement of Jesus, or the way to obey it; for nothing seems more rife in the world to-day than personal condemnation. Many men condemn their neighbors, and yet all men desire not to be condemned by their neighbors. One reason why men have failed to understand the way to stop condemning their fellows is that everything has been considered from a strictly personal standpoint.

Feeling convinced that all that is wrong deserves condemnation, and seeing their neighbor indulging in wrong, how could it be possible to condemn the sin without condemning the sinner? Because of this question mankind has been thrown into extremes,—it has either condemned the sinner without mercy, or it has gone to the other extreme and practically condoned the sin. Christian Science explains the teaching of Jesus on this subject in so wonderful and withal in so simple a manner that, when universally accepted and practiced, all the world will be able to rejoice in the overcoming of one of the worst foes to human peace and progress.

Among the Churches
June 10, 1922

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