Is purity really necessary?

Spiritual understanding enables us to recognize the attraction of purity and enjoy its rewards—rewards far more lasting than the tinsel and glamour of its opposite. Mrs. Eddy tells us, "In proportion to his purity is man perfect; and perfection is the order of celestial being which demonstrates Life in Christ, Life's spiritual ideal." Science and Health, p. 337.

The man created in God's likeness is totally spiritual and therefore pure. He has never been anything else and never will be. But we have to learn to love this spiritual fact, understand it, prove it. So doing, we gain progressive dominion over the physical senses and a deeper awareness of our unity with God, good, as His idea.

The basic understanding that God is Mind and that there is only one Mind, or true consciousness, is needed in overcoming impurity of every kind. We recognize that there is no place for impurity or its false attractions in the divine consciousness. As His reflection, therefore, we are conscious only of the good that is continuously coming from God.

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Bringing out the right impression
October 5, 1981

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