"My brother's keeper"

Ever since Cain asked the question, "Am I my brother's keeper?" mankind has tried to excuse itself for its lack of brotherly love by declaring that it is not. We read in Malachi, "Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?" Our brother or neighbor is the one about whom we think, and in so far as we rightly keep him in our thinking we are "our brother's keeper."

As Christian Scientists our chief concern should be to keep our consciousness in line with Truth, realizing only that which is spiritually correct about all. We cannot manifest brotherly love unless we know one another in Truth. God knows all there is to know about His children, and imparts that knowledge to us. Thus, by reflection we are able to gain a vision of reality—God infinitely good and man in His likeness. If Cain had known the truth about God and man and about their relationship, he would have kept his thought of Abel in the consciousness of Love instead of in the sense of resentment, hatred, and jealousy.

Supply and the Human Footsteps
May 25, 1935

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