Our Nature Can Be Transformed

Can God punish a man for doing evil when He knows no evil?

Does a solid rock punish a man who kicks against it, or does it even know of the anger motivating the act? Naturally, the rock stands unmoved by the blows, but after a few hard kicks a toe might be less than comfortable. Obviously, the rock isn't mean or judging. But until the individual's nature is transformed and he conquers human will, he could continue to be rough on himself to the point where he might become extremely uncomfortable. We read in Acts, "It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks." Acts 9:5;

Unless one holds fast to the rules of scientific Christianity, he is kicking against Principle, and divine Principle is immovable. Divine Principle remains steadfast, stable, mighty, dependable—yes, and loving, too, for it is eternally reliable, always there, blessing one and all equally. The results of kicking against it are self-inflicted. Understanding and obeying Principle brings freedom from penalty to all aspects of human life. Principle as Mind provides the intelligence for mankind to respond to the working of Principle in human consciousness, and this brings continuous renewal and transformation of character. Then willfulness, which would have men kicking "against the pricks," diminishes until it no longer claims to act in us.

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April 24, 1976

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