The Importance of Purity

How important Mrs. Eddy considered purity can be ascertained by noting in the Concordances to her writings the number of times she employs the words "Spirit," "pure," and their derivatives. From this one is bound to conclude that the ideas expressed by these words are of great importance. Moreover, she states clearly on page 241 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" that "the corner-stone of all spiritual building is purity."

Continuing the search still farther, and noting how frequently similar words are used by Biblical writers, the student becomes aware of the deep significance of purity. That Jesus considered this quality of great importance is evident, for in the Beatitudes he included it among the virtues which merit blessedness.

Likewise, Paul regarded purity of marked importance. He preached it to others and practiced it himself. Who would dispute the fact that it was the apostle's purified consciousness that made him fearless, and immune from the bite of the viper which fastened itself upon his hand, on the island of Melita? Was it not his spirituality that enabled him to heal the father of Publius, and others in the locality, of various diseases? Fully conscious of the value of purity, he charged his student, Timothy, "Keep thyself pure."

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June 6, 1936

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