Meeting Our Obligations

Christian Science inculcates the highest morality upon its followers: not one of the Ten Commandments does it set aside. Not only so, but it also demands obedience to the two great commands of Christ Jesus, namely, that men should love God with their whole heart, and their neighbor as themselves. And while demanding obedience to the Decalogue and to the commands of the Master, Christian Science teaches how this can be scientifically done; for it has revealed the marvelous truth that divine Love, divine good, alone is real and, consequently, that evil is utterly illusory or unreal. With this understanding the student of Christian Science has no difficulty in seeing how the moral law can be obeyed through the demonstration of the law of Love, the law of good.

Mrs. Eddy speaks frequently and unmistakably in her writings on the subject of one's moral duty or obligations. Well did she know that "whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap," and continually she raised a warning voice against evil thinking and evil doing. God, good, she taught, is infinite, and evil unreal; but men must prove these truths in their lives; and this means their living lives in which good alone is to be found, lives from which evil has been eliminated. Hence we hear her declare (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 405), "Christian Science commands man to master the propensities,—to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty."

No one reading the words just quoted can say that Christian Science allows laxity of morals. It is all the other way—it demands of every Christian Scientist the highest morality. Think again: Christian Science "commands" that hatred, lust, revenge, and deceit shall be held in abeyance by kindness, chastity, charity, and honesty! Sometimes it would seem as if there were students who failed to remember that divine Science demands that every form of evil suggestion, not merely certain phases of evil, shall be met and overcome through the understanding of good's allness and might. And when this is so, how glaring may appear their shortcomings to others!

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Among the Churches
January 10, 1931

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