Effective denial

Facing up to our faults is a necessary step in proving that the man of God's creating is truly sinless.

When I was a young boy, I fell in love with a toy airplane belonging to my next-door neighbor. And I pocketed it. I told myself that he had many toys and that I loved this airplane so much more than he did that my action was justified. When my mother asked me about it, I lied. I even refused to admit to myself that I had broken the commandment "Thou shalt not steal" (Ex. 20:15). Eventually, my conscience (fighting an uphill battle all the way) got the better of me, and I returned the airplane.

This tendency to justify or cover up our sins is an adult tendency, too. It takes such forms as excuses, rationalizations, omissions, and little white lies. But the teachings of our master, Christ Jesus, declare such weakness to be contrary to divine law. A failure to be honest with ourselves prevents the self-knowledge so essential to spiritual progress.

Fruitage from focus on Science and Health
January 31, 1994

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