Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Question: What is “persecution”?
Answer: Persecution is the attempt to constantly trouble or torment another in order to
injure them, cause pain and suffering, or to inflict cruelty. It is a method sometimes used by people who envy or hate others. In Christian Science, we learn that impersonal evil and error also try to persecute the Christ wherever it is expressed.
Why should anyone feel “blessed” by persecution? Perhaps it is a sign we are still on the right path:
“Conflict and persecution are the truest signs that can be given of the greatness of a cause or of an individual, provided this warfare is honest and a world-imposed struggle.” (‘00 10)
“The earthly price of spirituality in religion and medicine in a material age is persecution.”
After reading the above, you may be thinking, “Whoa, I do not want to be persecuted. Maybe I better rethink being a Christian Scientist!” But, do we really have a choice? The textbook
“‘Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth.’ He, who knows God’s will or the demands of divine Science and obeys them, incurs the hostility of envy; and he who refuses obedience to God, is chastened by Love.” (S&H 241)
You might call that a “can’t win clause”!
Further Study: Read Psalm 56:1-6 which is a prayer asking God for help in dealing with the daily persecutions that our “enemies” would inflict upon us.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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