"Be ye separate"

OCCASIONALLY , the student of Christian Science is confronted with a problem the solution of which involves the interests of persons whose thoughts may not be in accord with the progressive spiritual reasoning of an earnest Christian Scientist. Perhaps the student has held a definite stand metaphysically, and whatever human footsteps have seemed proper to his enlightened sense he has joyfully taken. Yet, because of the apparent fusion of this particular problem with the common problem of others, he has for some time been unable to make the desired advancement to the completion of a demonstration. Despite continuous right thinking, there still seems to be something lacking; some smaller problem, perhaps, needs right solving before the final healing can come.

Confronted with a similar situation, seemingly very acute in its material nature, one student of Christian Science began to analyze his thoughts. He soon realized that somewhere in the course of his metaphysical work and in the resulting human steps he had not been firm in taking his stand for Truth. Somewhere along the line, doubt and fear had crept into his consciousness. Pondering over his thoughts and actions, the student discovered that he had allowed himself to become engaged in some bits of conversation which asserted the exact opposite of what he was striving to prove. Suggestions of uncertainty and bewilderment had found response with him, for he had not been quick enough to fill his thought with the ideas of Truth and Love. And now he was faced with the necessity of ousting these errors at once.

In the course of this student's work for the demonstration of God's law and the annihilation of the material errors, it had been shown to him that he should rise in thought above the mental environment which seemed to hamper him; that he should faithfully perform the work which was his rightful occupation, and for which he would be justly rewarded according to the perfect rule of divine Mind. He was not to give credence to the dictates of mortal belief, nor to indulge in any of the prevailing admissions of error made by others. Presently these inspiring words of Paul flashed into his consciusness: "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: and I will receive you." Here was specific instruction, a command which definitely ordered him to separate himself from the testimony of materiality. True, this indeed had been his effort, but it remained for him to experience a greater amount of faith; and the spiritual admonition, coming as it did upon his earnest introspection, was the God-given answer to his need. It emphatically showed him the one way of Truth. It left no doubt that the separation of erroneous beliefs from his consciousness, coupled with the unwillingness even to touch his thoughts with false conclusions, would bring fruitage and lead to realization of God's limitless bounty. Thus, unhampered by sensuous insinuations, the student was enabled to continue the development of his special talent and improve it to greater usefulness.

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Vanishing Shadows
March 18, 1933

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