Hellfire Extinguished

In the part of the Sermon on the Mount that deals with anger, Christ Jesus said, "Whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire."Matt. 5:22; Calling someone a fool does not necessarily imply a great amount of anger in consciousness. But Jesus indicated that even a little bit of anger is too much, for it puts one in danger of "hell fire." Mrs. Eddy gives as part of the definition of "hell": "Sickness; death; suffering and self-destruction; self-imposed agony."Science and Health, p. 588;

Here one might ask why anger is so wrong. Even a little bit of anger indicates that one is believing that the material picture of things is real. If he does not believe it, he can't be angry at it. If, however, he believes the material picture is real, he then subjects himself to the false laws and beliefs of matter. Anger helps the physical senses hypnotize us into believing that matter and evil are real and then into believing that material laws—no matter how punitive—are powerful. It brings hellfire into our experience.

The way to overcome anger is to cease believing in the reality of matter and evil. It is to realize instead the allness of Spirit, divine Love. Christ Jesus was so conscious of the omnipresence and omnipotence of God that he could rise above the evidence of the physical senses and thus solve every problem that came to him.

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