Sowing and Reaping

When one hears the expression, "We reap what we sow," thought usually conjures up an evil ending to a wrong beginning. This expression is so often used in reference to evil seed and its harvest that the good seed and its bountiful fruitage is not considered. Christian Science handles evil, and shows how unerringly penalty and evil's destruction follow wrongdoing; but that is not the full mission of Christian Science. It is common knowledge that evil brings forth its own kind; but Christian Science accentuates the operation of God's law in the affairs of men and the understanding of divine Principle, which shows how inevitable is the good harvest from a proper sowing.

Human thought has been educated to believe that evil is natural, and goodness the occasional or hoped for, but rarely possessed. In Christian Science we learn how true, how unavoidable, is the law of like producing like. Jesus, several times, drove home to his followers the truth that one does not gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles. James also asks if a fig tree beareth olive berries, or a vine, figs. While Jesus recognized that the planting of tares in the wheat field might delay the harvest, still the tare was a tare and never a head of wheat. Each belonged to its own sphere; and the wheat that was later garnered was wheat from the planting of wheat, and not from the planting of the tares. The Master definitely said, "Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit,"—the good tree and its fruit, even as the evil tree and its fruit.

Firm Foundation
March 17, 1923

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