Seeing man as he spiritually is

"Jesus beholding him loved him"

Earnest students of Christian Science learn early that spiritual love, the only real love there is, demands that at all times, in all situations, they see man as he spiritually, scientifically is.

In an incident recorded in the tenth chapter of Mark's Gospel a young man came running to Jesus, and kneeling before him asked, "Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" To Jesus' admonition to keep the Commandments he replied, "Master, all these have I observed from my youth." The following statement, "Then Jesus beholding him loved him," might seem to indicate Jesus' agreement with his reply. But Jesus' next words were, "One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me." See Mark 10:17—21;

Might not his command "sell whatsoever thou hast" be seen also as a command to us to give up all preconceived notions of material life, intelligence, substance, being—all mistaken sense of individuality as a selfhood apart from Spirit?

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February 28, 1976

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