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Reform comes by understanding that there is no abiding
pleasure in evil, and also by gaining an affection for
good according to Science, which reveals the immortal
fact that neither pleasure nor pain, appetite nor passion,
can exist in or of matter, while divine Mind can and does
destroy the false beliefs of pleasure, pain, or fear and all
the sinful appetites of the human mind.
(Image of the beast)
What a pitiful sight is malice, finding pleasure in
revenge! Evil is sometimes a man's highest conception
of right, until his grasp on good grows stronger.
Then he loses pleasure in wickedness, and it
becomes his torment. The way to escape the misery of
sin is to cease sinning. There is no other way. Sin is
the image of the beast to be effaced by the sweat of agony.
It is a moral madness which rushes forth to clamor with
midnight and tempest.
To the physical senses, the strict demands of Christian
Science seem peremptory; but mortals are hastening
to learn that Life is God, good, and that
evil has in reality neither place nor power in the human or
the divine economy.
Fear of punishment never made man truly honest.
Moral courage is requisite to meet the wrong and to
proclaim the right. But how shall we reform
the man who has more animal than
moral courage, and who has not the true idea of good?
Through human consciousness, convince the mortal of
his mistake in seeking material means for gaining
happiness. Reason is the most active human faculty. Let
that inform the sentiments and awaken the man's dormant
sense of moral obligation, and by degrees he will
learn the nothingness of the pleasures of human sense