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The might of innocence

From the September 1998 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The concept of innocence being powerful might sound anomalous in the context of the world's perception of strength. We may even think of innocence as weakness. Yet throughout the Bible we are presented with accounts of men and women who prevailed over adversity through the might of spiritual innocence. We also read in the Bible about the disastrous effects of guilt, and thus see how important it is to be free from wrongdoing.

The supreme example of the might of innocence was Christ Jesus. Though he was tempted by the full range of human beliefs, all the while he maintained the spotless quality of sinlessness. In fact, his purity prompted John the Baptist to refer to Jesus as the Lamb of God. Nothing could confront Jesus that could swerve him from his course of purity.

When led into the wilderness and tempted by the devil, Jesus resisted each suggestion and countered with the words "It is written ...."  See Matt. 4:1-11 Referring back to the Scriptures, he maintained that God is the sole power and Principle of the universe. Thus the Master successfully put down evil's subtle attempts to entice him into the breaking of any of God's commandments, especially the first, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me,"  Ex. 20:3 which embraces them all.

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