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No double-minded standards

From the January 1989 issue of The Christian Science Journal


The Pharisees accused Christ Jesus of healing by Beelzebub, the prince of the devils. But the Bible tells us, "Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand." Matt. 12:25 Wasn't he saying in effect that good cannot come from evil, because these two are opposites? For evil to do good would be to destroy itself.

In this statement, Jesus was also rejecting a double-minded sense of existence, which would present both good and bad as real. The Master knew that there can be no double-mindedness if one's point of view is spiritual. A spiritual viewpoint is never out of focus, because it has only one standard—the perfect, conclusive Truth, which is Spirit, God.

The First Commandment clearly sets forth what Truth requires of us: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Ex. 20:3 Regarding this command, Mrs. Eddy asks, "What meaneth this Me,— Spirit, or matter?" She replies: "It certainly does not signify a graven idol, and must mean Spirit. Then the commandment means, Thou shalt recognize no intelligence nor life in matter; and find neither pleasure nor pain therein." Miscellaneous Writings, p. 28

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