On Being Impersonal

Among people of culture, it is considered objectionable to make personal remarks or to indulge in personalities. Others, again, sometimes consider that an attack on personality is the best way to silence an opponent. In following such methods, mortals look upon both good and evil as personal; that is, they think of a good person or of an evil or wicked person.

False theological teaching bases its reasoning upon a personal sense of Jesus, and looks to his personality for help rather than to the Christ, Truth, which he expressed. But Christ Jesus made it plain that neither good nor evil is personal. When a certain rich young man addressed him as "Good Master," Jesus rebuked this salutation, saying, "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God."

In another incident, Jesus likewise indicated the impersonal nature of evil. Peter would have hindered the Master by misunderstanding his mission and interpreting his work materially. Jesus rebuked Peter's error in the words, "Get thee behind me, Satan." Peter was not Satan; but evil, described in Revelation as "that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world," was deceiving Peter and claiming to be expressed through him.

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Little Things
November 23, 1929

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