Christ Demands a Change of Thought
Guest Post by: Mark M. Lawson
“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her,” said Christ Jesus to the accusers of the woman “taken in adultery.” (John 8). He forced the mob to consider their own “sins,” to make each contemplate his or her own shortcomings, and hopefully to find a spark of humanity that could forgive and be forgiven.
Jesus always demanded a change of thought. He caused the angry crowd to reflect upon its hypocrisy. He told the woman to go and sin no more. Thus, all were included in this lesson. And that exemplified his mission…to change universal thought about God and man; to strive for and obtain a more spiritual sense of life. What else could Jesus have meant when he said (John 10:10), “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”? Christly-consciousness (I Cor. 2:16; Phil. 2:5) provides a life filled with what is important, real, and substantial, and this can only include what is spiritual and not material.
Christ compels an inward change, to a new course that leads man spiritward. Jesus told us (Matt. 5:48), “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect;” not like the Pharisees (who urged him to stone the woman), who were too concerned with outward appearances, and not sufficiently concerned with spiritual growth. Of them, he said (John 8:44), “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do….[T]here is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
Elsewhere (Rev. 12:7-10), we read that the “liar,” the evil which “deceiveth” the whole world and is the “accuser” of mankind, was cast out or destroyed. The liar, the deceiver, and the accuser are different names for the belief that we can be separated from God…from good, from Life, from substance, from divine Love. In her primary work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes: “Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth.” We eliminate the influence of the liar, deceiver, or accuser as we “put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Eph. 4:24).