Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
118:1 Human will must be subjugated. We cannot obey both God, good, and evil, — in other words, the ma‐3terial senses, false suggestions, self-will, selfish motives, and human policy. We shall have no faith in evil when faith finds a resting-place and scientific under‐6standing guides man. Honesty in every condition, under every circumstance, is the indispensable rule of obedience. To obey the principle of mathematics ninety-9nine times in one hundred and then allow one numeral to make incorrect your entire problem, is neither Science nor obedience.
12 However keenly the human affections yearn to for‐give a mistake, and pass a friend over it smoothly, one’s sympathy can neither atone for error, advance individual 15growth, nor change this immutable decree of Love: “Keep My commandments.” The guerdon of meritorious faith or trustworthiness rests on being willing to work 18alone with God and for Him, — willing to suffer patiently for error until all error is destroyed and His rod and His staff comfort you.
21 Self-ignorance, self-will, self-righteousness, lust, covet‐ousness, envy, revenge, are foes to grace, peace, and progress; they must be met manfully and overcome, 24or they will uproot all happiness. Be of good cheer; the warfare with one’s self is grand; it gives one plenty of employment, and the divine Principle worketh with 27you, — and obedience crowns persistent effort with everlasting victory. Every attempt of evil to harm good is futile, and ends in the fiery punishment of the 30evil-doer.
Jesus said, “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, 119 119:1this defileth a man.” If malicious suggestions whisper evil through the mind’s tympanum, this were no apology 3for acting evilly. We are responsible for our thoughts and acts; and instead of aiding other people’s devices by obeying them, — and then whining over misfortune, — 6rise and overthrow both. If a criminal coax the unwary man to commit a crime, our laws punish the dupe as ac‐cessory to the fact. Each individual is responsible for 9himself.
Evil is impotent to turn the righteous man from his uprightness. The nature of the individual, more stub‐12born than the circumstance, will always be found argu‐ing for itself, — its habits, tastes, and indulgences. This material nature strives to tip the beam against the spir‐15itual nature; for the flesh strives against Spirit, — against whatever or whoever opposes evil, — and weighs mightily in the scale against man’s high destiny. This conclusion 18is not an argument either for pessimism or for optimism, but is a plea for free moral agency, — full exemption from all necessity to obey a power that should be and is 21found powerless in Christian Science.