Obeying No "strange gods"

Christian Science teaches that obedience to God is the only possible way to heaven, harmony. Disobedience to Truth, to Life, and to Love automatically stops mankind from receiving Love's healing waters—those inexhaustible founts to which God is forever calling us in the words of Isaiah, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters."

So-called mortal mind offers many temptations to make the Christian Scientist leave his work of demonstrating good. The demands of present-day living are legion; and to be able to divide between those things which are necessary "to be so now," to "render ... unto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar's" and at the same time to refuse allegiance to those phase of mortal existence which are but the masquerading of evil in the name of good, Christian Scientists must indeed be alert, "wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." It is not the purpose of Christian Science to overthrow anything that is good; indeed, that is impossible, for God is good, and of necessity good partakes of God's own immortal nature. But the wolf in sheep's clothing,—the erroneous attempting to hide behind the true,—that is what must be uncovered and destroyed.

There is a rule for obedience which never fails: to measure what we are about to do or to say, in order to see if it glorifies God or if in any way it detracts from His honor. This may not be easy; and it sometimes takes much mental work to do it faithfully. But the satisfaction that comes from refuting evil and allowing good to dominate far outweighs any material and temporary gain that might have accrued from yielding to mortal mind. However subtle the claim may be, however hidden or well concealed in beautiful phrases, if when under the searchlight of Truth it does not stand out as true, it must be let alone.

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Relinquishing Error
February 11, 1928

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