Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Question: Who, or what, are the true targets of persecution?
Answer: One point that is perhaps comforting to know, is that the persecution that seems
to come to you personally is not really aimed at you, but at Principle, God. Error attempts
to persecute Truth; hate mocks Love; beliefs in matter try to displace Spirit. The animal
instincts of mortal mind try to assert themselves as dominant over the ideas of divine
Mind. But, these are, in reality, lies or illusions, and not part of God’s creation.
“This thought of human, material nothingness, which Science inculcates, enrages the carnal mind and is the main cause of the carnal mind’s antagonism.” (S&H 345)
“The determination to hold Spirit in the grasp of matter is the persecutor of Truth and Love.”
“Yea, it is the healing power of Truth that is persecuted to-day, the spirit of divine Love, and Christ Jesus possessed it, practiced it, and taught his followers to do likewise. . . . The evil in human
nature foams at the touch of good; it crieth out, ‘Let us alone; what have we to do with thee?’”
Speaking of Jesus, Mary Baker Eddy writes:
“He was inspired by God, by Truth and Love, in all that he said and did. The motives of his
persecutors were pride, envy, cruelty, and vengeance, inflicted on the physical Jesus, but aimed
at the divine Principle, Love, which rebuked their sensuality.” (S&H 51)
Further Study: In Daniel 6, read about Daniel’s experience in the “lion’s den.”
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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