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 would anyone “say all manner of evil against [us] falsely” because we are
followers of Christ?
Answer: For the same reason you may find yourself the victim of gossip or rumors indulged in by your friends or community. False accusations are the tools of envy, greed, pride, and fear:
“The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.”
You will find throughout life that people who should know better, will stoop to mis-
representation of others’ motives or actions, in order to cast doubt upon their character
or their religious beliefs. This includes ministers of other religions, teachers in schools and universities, news reporters and journalists, and, in some cases, the medical profession.
Mary Baker Eddy goes directly to the source of these lies:
“The original text defines devil as accuser, calumniator; therefore, according to Holy Writ these qualities are objectionable, and ought not to proceed from the individual, the pulpit, or the press.” (‘01 16)
A simple prayer and plan of action in the face of persecution, might be the following, from Hymn 112:
Sing, till all the world rejoices,
Sing! for fear no more enslaves us.
From th’ accuser’s mocking voices
Christ, our mighty Counsel, saves us.
Practice: Today, rejoice and be glad for Christ, our Saviour from persecution!
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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