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The lure of purity
Because the real man, the expression of the one good God, includes no conflicting elements, he is pure. The more we know of God and true identity, the more our natural inclination is toward purity. We can expect ourselves and others to be lured away from, not toward, the impure and tawdry. Hosea revealed God as saying of His beloved people, "I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her." Hos. 2:14; Since it is the province of God to allure, as people worship the one God, they increasingly are aware of and respond to the allurements of good, to purity.
It is obvious that when the worship of God, Spirit, is not foremost in a society, the enticements of evil have more prominence and play; the healthy lure of purity may be hidden. But not forever. Since God is primarily, essentially, and ultimately the infinite one good, pure goodness without admixture is the reality of being. And the true and real continue their allurements through and after materiality's showing. As we gain the spiritual understanding of God, those instances when we appear to be momentarily attracted by the false will lessen and disappear.
The better one understands purity to be an absolute spiritual condition, the eternal fact of each one's true being, the more morality he or she will express. Such a one will recognize purity as never being just a personal possession but rather a reflection of the all-pure God, which cannot be lost.
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