True and False Teaching

THE perverseness of the so-called human or mortal mind is proverbial. Assuming for itself entity and reality, and, consequently, indulging in the foibles of pride and self-love, reluctantly, if at all, does it concede any degree of reality to that which opposes it. Verily, "the flesh lusteth against the Spirit." A common phase of this self-assertiveness manifests itself in a certain type of disobedience, a dislike to accept the precepts of another without modification and adaptation to fit its personal preferences. The history of Christianity furnishes many examples of this kind of dissension, and the Pharisee always undertakes to justify himself in what he regards as an advanced position. While it is certain that Mrs. Eddy's teachings regarding God, man, and the universe are perfectly clear and unmistakable to the obedient student, yet it appears that the disobedient would cause confusion regarding certain fundamentals of Christian Science, thereby losing that clear comprehension which is preliminary to a demonstrable understanding of the subject.

That, for example, our Leader drew a sharp distinction between mortal man, as a counterfeit of the real, spiritual man, and God's image and likeness, is perfectly apparent; yet, it has sometimes been held that the children of men are in that likeness. On page 476 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy says, with a finality that is convincing, "When speaking of God's children, not the children of men, Jesus said, 'The kingdom of God is within you;' that is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God's image is unfallen and eternal." No less definite were Jesus' pointed declarations to certain of his countrymen who were striving to confound him with their sophistry. "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do," proves conclusively that he in no sense regarded the mortals whom he addressed as the children of God. On the contrary, it is apparent that he saw them as the seeming creation of lustful false beliefs, claiming to usurp the prerogative of the one creator, the infinite Mind, who is divine Love.

February 10, 1923

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