Rejecting False Prophecies

In that wonderful digest of spiritual teaching contained in the fifth, sixth, and seventh chapters of Matthew, commonly known as the Sermon on the Mount, Christ Jesus warned his followers, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." He was referring to false or mistaken teachers, of which there were many in Jesus' day, as there are in our own. But in a wider sense, may we not interpret his words as applying to all evil suggestion, in order to ensure our intelligent obedience to Truth?

Christian Science, while unqualifiedly condemning evil in all its forms, teaches that though individuals, ignorantly or intentionally, permit themselves to be avenues for its expression, evil is but illusion, the claim of an evil mind. It is not primarily as person or personal. Hence, we may think of false prophets as false suggestions or evil beliefs continually besieging human thought, to reject which involves our keen spiritual alertness. These false prophecies, or evil suggestions, may find utterance through friends and acquaintances, even through those nearest and most beloved.

True Gratitude
May 22, 1937

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