Love's Liberation

Many students of the Bible have been encouraged and inspired by the account of the experience of Paul and Silas in Philippi, where they made converts to Christianity by their healing and preaching. One of those healed was a woman "possessed with a spirit of divination ... which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying." Paul's understanding of divine Mind's omnipotence rebuked and annulled that phase of human belief and the woman was freed. Those who had been exploiting her were so resentful that they were instrumental in having Paul and Silas cast into prison. But even there those Christian worthies were undaunted and undismayed, for it is recorded that at midnight they sang praises to God and prayed; "and suddenly there was a great earthquake, ... and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed."

Thus Paul and Silas acted Christianly and scientifically. They were true Christian metaphysicians, dealing with thoughts, not with men or matter. Their spiritual and scientific understanding protected them from being resentful towards those who had persecuted them, for they recognized that the cause of their unjust imprisonment lay in such mortal mind thoughts as hatred, selfishness, greed, human will, and fear. Although these errors had found response in and had used their persecutors, Paul and Silas must have seen evil as false belief, entirely separate from man, which enabled them to deal with it successfully.

Coming Forth
December 3, 1932

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