Righteousness; — or purity?

Originally published in the April 1, 1890 issue of the Christian Science Series (Vol. 1, No. 23)

 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. — Matt. v. 20.

These words were spoken by Jesus, to his disciples, almost in the beginning of his ever-to-be-remembered Sermon on the Mount; — the sermon which embodies the all of Christian Science.

The words and acts of Jesus are identical with the teachings of Science and Health , both in terms and Principle. The one virtually illustrates and supports the other. As Jesus taught, so Science and Health teaches that works (demonstrations) are the only proof of any degree of understanding. Both teach that progress is the law of God; that His law never requires of us more than we can perform; that "We must begin right if we would end right." . . . "Error in the premises will be carried out in the conclusions." . . . "Jesus came not to destroy the law, but to fulfil it."

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