Defending Our Morals

Students of Christian Science rightfully aspire to spirituality. They know that spirituality can give them power over the evils of materiality. Many students yearn to see an end to poverty, injustice, war, and their consequences, and they work enthusiastically to contribute to such an achievement. In order to succeed radically and permanently, however, they must guard the degree of spirituality they have attained, for this quality alone will destroy the essence of evil, the carnal mind that produces the world's evils.

Spirituality cannot be demonstrated without an accompanying state of morality. No one can discard the moral law, believing he can leap over the step of obedience to it, and be actually spiritually minded. Unless one honestly observes the moral law, what spirituality he has recedes. No one would aspire to pull himself up a hill while at the same time deliberately slipping down it. But this illustrates what happens when the moral law is discarded as out of date. A tendency toward the animal then cancels any advance toward the spiritual.

We spontaneously defend and protect any treasure we possess, and if Christliness is our chief treasure, we will be alert to maintain it in our character. The student who fails to defend his morals will inevitably find himself struggling to disengage himself from a state of spiritual inefficacy. He will have robbed himself of the ability to utilize the spiritual power of purity that is natural to God's man.

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The Way to True Freedom
May 17, 1969

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