should be thought of an individual believing in that
1which is untrue, and at the same time declaring the unity of Truth, and its allness? Beware of those who mis-
3represent facts; or tacitly assent where they should dis- sent; or who take me as authority for what I disapprove, or mayhap never have thought of, and try to reverse, in-
6vert, or controvert, Truth; for this is a sure pretext of moral defilement.
Examine yourselves, and see what, and how much, sin
9claims of you; and how much of this claim you admit as valid, or comply with. The knowledge of evil that brings on repentance is the most hopeful stage of mortal
12mentality. Even a mild mistake must be seen as a mis- take, in order to be corrected; how much more, then, should one's sins be seen and repented of, before they
15can be reduced to their native nothingness!
Ignorance is only blest by reason of its nothingness;
for seeing the need of somethingness in its stead, blesses
18mortals. Ignorance was the first condition of sin in the allegory of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. Their mental state is not desirable, neither is a knowledge of
21sin and its consequences, repentance, per se; but, ad- mitting the existence of both, mortals must hasten through the second to the third stage, — the knowledge of good;
24for without this the valuable sequence of knowledge would be lacking, — even the power to escape from the false claims of sin. To understand good, one must discern
27the nothingness of evil, and consecrate one's life anew.
Beloved brethren, Christ, Truth, saith unto you, "Be not afraid!" — fear not sin, lest thereby it master you;
30but only fear to sin. Watch and pray for self-knowledge; since then, and thus, cometh repentance, — and your superiority to a delusion is won.
1Repentance is better than sacrifice. The costly balm of Araby, poured on our Master's feet, had not the value
3of a single tear.