When Peter inquired of Christ Jesus concerning the future of John, the beloved disciple, the answer was (John 21:22), "What is that to thee? follow thou me."

Consideration of this incident in the light of Christian Science may prompt one to ask: "What was it in Peter's inquiry which brought this sharp rebuke from the Master? Was it a form of fear which manifested itself in jealousy, or was it morbid curiosity which the Way-shower detected and rebuked?" Whatever it was, that Peter accepted the rebuke and corrected his thinking is obvious from the record of his subsequent unselfed work for the cause of Christianity.

This Bible narrative has inspired one student of Christian Science to examine carefully the motive which prompts inquiry into other people's affairs and to withhold inquiry if it borders on prying, idle curiosity, or gossip, It has been realized that human consciousness must be disciplined to dwell constantly upon what is true concerning man as God's image and likeness and not be permitted to wander in the dream world of sin, sickness, and death. Mary Baker Eddy tells us on page 262 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "We cannot fathom the nature and quality of God's creation by diving into the shallows of mortal belief. We must reverse our feeble flutterings —our efforts to find life and truth in matter—and rise above the testimony of the material senses, above the mortal to the immortal idea of God."

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