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"IF THOU WILT BE PERFECT"
An incident recorded in the Gospel of Matthew describes a young man who came to Jesus to ask for specific enlightenment on the subject of eternal Life. One would gather from the narrative that knowledge of, and concern for, the demonstration of the Ten Commandments had been instilled into the young man from childhood. Acquaintance with the Mosaic law had evidently not satisfied him, for he asked the Master (Matt. 19:20), "What lack I yet?" To this Jesus replied, "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me."
The essence of the teachings of Jesus was his insistence on Love as the motive power of all action. By his life, teachings, and works he showed that the mere acceptance of a code of conduct is of little value and that any such acceptance must be translated into deeds. The theorists, whose lives were examples of words without deeds, merited the condemnation of Jesus, who said (Matt. 23:27), "Ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full ... of all uncleanness."
Perhaps it is not an unfair generalization to say that modern times have tended to produce a state of thought which makes individuals resist any demand to think and to prove the truth for themselves. Christian Science supplies the connecting link that spurs thought to action and reveals the infallible method by which a spiritual understanding of good may become a useful, practical force in our lives.
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THE JOY OF SALVATION
RALPH W. CESSNA
"IF THOU WILT BE PERFECT"
FRANCES B. EDMONDSON
"WALK IN THE LIGHT"
WANTED: CIRCULATORS OF GOOD NEWS
STRENGTH IS GOD-DERIVED
HELEN H. HIXON
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST'S YARDSTICK
JEANETTE F. SUTTON
"PROOF BY INDUCTION"
HARRY E. DE LASAUX
JANE STANDS PORTER
HELEN B. MONTGOMERY
THE IMPORTANCE OF GUARDING ONE'S THOUGHTS
THE REALM OF SUPPOSITION
Helen Wood Bauman
"Praise ye the Lord: for it is good...
Rosemary M. Crisp with contributions from Edward Lewis,
I attended a Christian Science...
Blanche Wheeler Swenson
Like many others who have been...
A great sense of gratitude fills...
Florence M. Solon
Through Christian Science my...
Nat Wallace Hopkins
I wish to express gratitude to God...
So complex was the thinking...
More than thirty years ago I was...
Allie A. Rutledge
Signs of the Times
with contributions from A. M. Gibson, R. Barclay Warren