"If thine eye be single"

As recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus once said, "The light of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light." Some modern translations substitute the word "sound" (as contrasted with "diseased") for the word "single," but this does not necessarily change the purport of the illustration used by the Master, evidently for the purpose of emphasizing the need for spiritual perception.

It is sometimes difficult to arrive at the exact meaning of certain words and phrases used in the Bible, partly because of the variety of translations, but, in the light of Christian Science, it is easily seen that to gain the true spiritual import of Biblical passages is the thing of greatest importance. In that light one may be justified in assuming that, broadly speaking, Jesus may have meant, in the passage above quoted, If you have spiritual discernment, your entire consciousness will be illumined by divine intelligence.

January 24, 1942

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