Moderating human relationships

God and His family of spiritual ideas dwell in total accord. There is no room in infinite Love for partiality or hatred. God's beloved likeness, man, expresses one infinite, invariable love.

Human affection, however, may seem far from impartial. Clinging attachment to those we care for tends to go with cool detachment toward those we don't. It's hard to see, sometimes, that moderation is needed. Yet in her book Miscellaneous Writings Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, strongly repudiates the mortal sense of love/hate. She writes, "Evil was, and is, the illusion of breaking the First Commandment, 'Thou shalt have no other gods before me:' it is either idolizing something and somebody, or hating them: it is the spirit of idolatry, envy, jealousy, covetousness, superstition, lust, hypocrisy, witchcraft." Mis., p. 123.

Pass the compliment upstairs
June 20, 1983

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