We Need Not Suffer from Others' Sins

A Christian Science practitioner living near a school for young Christian Scientists found that many of the students who came to him for help were of top caliber. They were obedient to the letter as well as the spirit of boarding-school rules and were devoted in their study of Christian Science. However, they seemed to have physical difficulties to overcome, while others, less consecrated and less obedient, were pursuing their merry way in good health. For a long time the practitioner pondered over this situation, questioning much as Job must have questioned, " Why should the good suffer?"

Then, during his studies, the truth dawned upon his thought. Those obedient and consecrated students were suffering not from anything they had done but from what they believed others were doing. Self-righteous indignation over the deeds of others was the real culprit. When this fact was pointed out to the patients and the error corrected with the truth that the man of God's creating is sinless, healings promptly resulted.

Kevin and the Bullies
December 7, 1968

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