THE BEAM AND THE MOTE

Of profound significance to all who are striving earnestly to widen the scope of their demonstration of Christian Science is the familiar quotation (Matt. 7:3–5): "Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."

One Bible authority speaks of the beam and the mote as the plank and the splinter. This illustration portrays to us vividly the necessity of looking first within our own eye, or consciousness, for anything that is not Christlike, rather than in our neighbor's. For a splinter is insignificant, indeed, as compared to a plank.

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