Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Question: Why does teaching Truth bring persecution?
Answer: Because anything that is capable of destroying evil and error is going to get a fight from them! Truth stirs up error that may be hiding in one’s thoughts. Hearing words of the Bible, or the scientific truths as taught in Christian Science, error will lash out in an attempt to stop its own destruction.
Mary Baker Eddy says of Jesus:
“If the Master had not taken a student and taught the unseen verities of God, he would not have been crucified. The determination to hold Spirit in the grasp of matter is the persecutor of Truth and Love.” (S&H 28)
Paul wrote of his activities:
“Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For the which cause I also suffer these things.” (II Timothy 1)
Mrs. Eddy warns her followers:
“Whoever proclaims Truth loudest, becomes the mark for error’s shafts.” (Mis. 277)
“When Christian Science and animal magnetism are both comprehended . . . it will be seen why the author of this book has been so unjustly persecuted and belied by wolves in sheep’s clothing.”
Practice: Give some thought today about the wisdom of not talking about your religion to people not ready to hear about it. When would be a good time?
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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