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"Where art thou?"

Genesis 3:9

From the September 1957 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Why strive to love when others seem to fall
so short of Spirit's qualities? They seem
unfeelingly to trample and offend
my personal sense. Must I return love for
the angry word or callous act and not
retaliate in kind? Is it my lot
to turn continuously the other cheek?

The answer comes: Who tells you that God's child
can sin? That anything exists but Mind
and its idea expressing only good?
Can God create an image which does not
conform to the original? This is
the serpent tempting you and arguing
its own duplicity. Believe it not.

Aroused, I recognize the subtilty
beguiling me. No evil cause exists;
therefore no wrong effect. What seems so real
is only false belief. Self-pity and
self-righteousness dissolve when consciousness
is purged of earthly thoughts, which are unknown
to perfect God and His beloved child.

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