Bearing True Witness

In the twentieth chapter of Exodus we find the words, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." What a wealth of love is contained in this commandment; and what protection for each individual lies in rendering obedience thereto!

The early training of one student of Christian Science, received in a home devoted to an orthodox religion, impressed upon her the fact that in the usually accepted sense one must never utter false testimony against another. While the instruction covered but a very limited field, it is cause for humble gratitude that the home training prepared the way for a higher understanding of this commandment, as taught in Christian Science. This also made it comparatively easy to grasp and to obey its mandate, for the student was actuated by a greater sense of love for God and man, which Christian Science inculcates—a love which so spiritualizes human consciousness that one's thought heals and blesses wherever it may rest.

Love's infinite correction and provision are indicated in the Message to The Mother Church for 1902 (p. 19), where our Leader writes: "Are earth's pleasures, its ties and its treasures, taken away from you? It is divine Love that doeth it, and sayeth, 'Ye have need of all these things.' A danger besets thy path?—a spiritual behest, in reversion, awaits you." Christian Science teaches how to reverse false testimony, so that we may have the rich blessing of the Father's spiritual behest to men. It brings to view the consciousness of true being demonstrated by Christ Jesus; and it is certain that the Christ, Truth, is cognized only by a consciousness prepared to receive it. Through the Christ one learns to dwell forever securely in the knowledge of his at-one-ment with God, and he realizes no other might nor mind but divine Mind. In recognizing that man, individually and collectively, shares in this at-one-ment with the Father, God, one knows there is nothing but good that can truthfully be uttered about spiritual, perfect man, the image of the Father.

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We Must Strive
August 10, 1935

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