Correcting Through Healing

Nothing did Christ Jesus rebuke more vehemently than the self-righteousness of the Pharisees, who demanded swift retribution for whatever they judged to be sin. The Master wanted one thing —healing. He knew the unreality of evil and always sought to relieve its victims of the sins that bound them in the mortal sense of life. To him, compassion was as important as judgment.

Jesus taught that mankind judge themselves by their own judgments, he said (Matt. 7: 1, 2): "Judge not that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged." He also taught the true sense of judgment when he said John 5:30), "As I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."

Christian Science follows the Master in judgment and in compassion, for it reveals God's will for each individual to be spiritual perfection, and it reaches deeply into human nature and purifies it. This religion condemns sin as no part of God's man; hence it is without reality or identity. Not that Science ignores evil: but it corrects the sinner by breaking the mesmeric attraction to error which has influenced him. Sometimes strong corrective words are needed, but never should personal condemnation be resorted to.

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Overcoming Alcoholism
October 2, 1965

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