"Be ye therefore perfect"

For long centuries a great amount of time and effort has been spent in searching for deliverance from the bondage enforced upon mankind by false material theories and beliefs, which carry with them trials, discords, and disappointments. But every effort made from a merely material standpoint only serves to draw the bonds more closely about mortals until they are compelled to look away from self to find a way of escape. Here Christian Science comes to the rescue, promising deliverance from disease and discord of every name and nature. Obedience to its teaching is the only requirement, and the more childlike and humble one's acceptance of the truth it presents the more quickly is one made free.

As recorded in the fifth chapter of Matthew, Christ Jesus admonished and instructed his disciples and followers in the manner in which they should live in order to inherit eternal life. The Sermon on the Mount covers every mode of mortal thought and living, and is for all to accept and practice. In the forty-eighth verse of this chapter is the clear and definite command, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." How are we to gain this state of perfection? Is it reached merely by desiring it, or is one lifted into it in some mysterious manner? Perfection can be attained only by earnestly seeking to gain an understanding of the real man which Christ Jesus represented, even the perfect man created in the image and likeness of God. This real man always has been, is now, and ever will be God's perfect likeness. But human consciousness must be born again; and this new birth is "the renewing of your mind," to use Paul's phrase.

April 13, 1929

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