X hits on this document

Word document

Miscellaneous Writings - page 229 / 358

1569 views

0 shares

0 downloads

0 comments

229 / 358

Great mischief comes from attempts to steady other people's altars, venturing on valor without discretion,

Page 288

1which is virtually meddlesomeness. Even your sincere and courageous convictions regarding what is best for

3others may be mistaken; you must be demonstratively right yourself, and work out the greatest good to the greatest number, before you are sure of being a fit coun-

6sellor. Positive and imperative thoughts should be dropped into the balances of God and weighed by spiritual Love, and not be found wanting, before being put into action.

9A rash conclusion that regards only one side of a ques- tion, is weak and wicked; this error works out the results of error. If the premise of mortal existence is wrong,

12any conclusion drawn therefrom is not absolutely right. Wisdom in human action begins with what is nearest right under the circumstances, and thence achieves the

15absolute.

Is marriage nearer right than celibacy?

Human knowledge inculcates that it is, while Science

18indicates that it is not. But to force the consciousness of scientific being before it is understood is impossible, and believing otherwise would prevent scientific demon-

21stration. To reckon the universal cost and gain, as well as thine own, is right in every state and stage of being. The selfish rôle of a martyr is the shift of a dishonest

24mind, nothing short of self-seeking; and real suffering would stop the farce.

The cause of temperance receives a strong impulse

27from the cause of Christian Science: temperance and truth are allies, and their cause prospers in proportion to the spirit of Love that nerves the struggle. People

30will differ in their opinions as to means to promote the ends of temperance; that is, abstinence from intoxicat- ing beverages. Whatever intoxicates a man, stultifies

Page 289

1and causes him to degenerate physically and morally. Strong drink is unquestionably an evil, and evil cannot

3be used temperately: its slightest use is abuse; hence the only temperance is total abstinence. Drunkenness is sensuality let loose, in whatever form it is made

6manifest.

What is evil? It is suppositional absence of good. From a human standpoint of good, mortals must first

Document info
Document views1569
Page views1569
Page last viewedWed Jan 18 14:22:13 UTC 2017
Pages358
Paragraphs7986
Words127481

Comments