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New Commandment

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1      The divinity of St. John’s Gospel brings to view over-
         whelming tides of revelation, and its spirit is baptismal;
         he chronicles this teaching, “A new commandment I
5      give unto you, That ye love one another.”

         Jesus, who so loved the world that he gave his life
         (in the flesh) for it, saw that Love had a new command-
         ment even for him. What was it?

         It must have been a rare revelation of infinite Love, a
10    new tone on the scale ascending, such as eternity is ever
         sounding. Could I impart to the student the higher
         sense I entertain of Love, it would partly illustrate the
         divine energy that brings to human weakness might and
         majesty. Divine Love eventually causes mortals to turn
15    away from the open sepulchres of sin, and look no more
         into them as realities. It calls loudly on them to bury
         the dead out of sight; to forgive and forget whatever is
         unlike the risen, immortal Love; and to shut out all op-
         posite sense. Christ enjoins it upon man to help those
20    who know not what he is doing in their behalf, and there-
         fore curse him; enjoins taking them by the hand and
         leading them, if possible, to Christ, by loving words and
         deeds. Charity thus serves as admonition and instruc-
         tion, and works out the purposes of Love.

25    Christian Science, full of grace and truth, is accom-
         plishing great good, both seen and unseen; but have
         mortals, with the penetration of Soul, searched the secret
         chambers of sense? I never knew a student who fully
         understood my instructions on this point of handling
30    evil,—as to just how this should be done,—and carried


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1      out my ideal. It is safe not to teach prematurely the
         infant thought in Christian Science—just breathing new
         Life and Love—all the claims and modes of evil; there-
         fore it is best to leave the righteous unfolding of error
5      (as a general rule) alone, and to the special care of the
         unerring modes of divine wisdom. This uncovering and
         punishing of sin must, will come, at some date, to the
         rescue of humanity. The teacher of divine metaphysics
         should impart to his students the general knowledge that
10    he has gained from instruction, observation, and mental
         practice.

         Experience weighs in the scales of God the sense and
         power of Truth against the opposite claims of error.
         If spiritual sense is not dominant in a student, he will
15    not understand all your instructions; and if evil domi-
         nates his character, he will pervert the rules of Christian
         Science, and the last error will be worse than the first—
         inasmuch as wilful transgression brings greater torment
         than ignorance.




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