Elevation versus Condemnation

Mankind's chief task is to elevate spiritually, not to condemn. Happiness cannot be won on any other basis. Salvation is reached only along the road of spiritual elevation. Success in life is not lasting, or even beneficial, unless it be based on that loving attitude which sees man as God's image and likeness,—pure, holy, and perfect. So much the more is this necessary for success in healing the sick, reforming the sinner, and raising the dead, as Jesus exhorted his followers to do.

It is very significant that in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy the chapter "Christian Science Practice" opens with a summary of the touching New Testament story which tells of the anointing of Jesus' feet by Mary Magdalene, after she had washed them with tears of repentance. Jesus emphasized to his host and the other guests, who had been regarding this scene with a sense of condemnation and criticism, the lesson that their mental attitude could never heal the sick and the sinning. Jesus' compassionate love, elevating the woman, showed her real status as God's child, unfallen and upright, and wrought the healing. Thus Jesus could say to her, "Thy sins are forgiven."

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