1. It is not that which enters the body by the mouth or gains access to the mind through the eyes and ears that defiles the man; man is only defiled by that evil which may originate within the heart, and which finds expression in the words and deeds of such unholy persons.
2. It is from the heart that there come forth evil thoughts, wicked projects of murder, theft, and adulteries, together with jealousy, pride, anger, revenge, railings, and false witness; the human heart is deceitful above all things and oftentimes desperately wicked.
3. Human nature may tend toward evil, but it is not inherently sinful; so “cease to do evil but learn to do well’ be cleansed from all conscious sin, refuse to harbor even the feelings of guilt. If you confess your sins, they are forgiven; therefore must you maintain a conscious void of offense.”
4. By nature, before the rebirth of the spirit, mortal man is subject to inherent evil tendencies, but such natural imperfections of behavior are neither sin nor iniquity; humans are indeed subject to evil, but he is in no sense the child of evil unless one has knowingly and deliberately chosen the paths of sin and life of iniquity.
5. Humans are indeed, by nature evil, but not necessarily sinful; the new birth the consciousness of the indwelling spirit is essential to deliverance from evil, but none of this distracts from the fact that such a mortal is a child of God.
6. Neither does this inherent presence of potential evil mean that any human is in some mysterious way estranged from the Father in heaven so that, as an alien foreigner, or stepchild, they must in some manner seek for legal adoption by the Father.
7. We mortals are just beginning the long ascent to the perfection of our Father in Paradise; to be imperfect or partial in natural endowment is not sinful.
8. Any being who in any manner falls short of the divine and spiritual ideals of the eternal Father’s will is potentially evil, but such beings are in so sense sinful, much less iniquitous.
9. Be not downcast by your failure wholly to forget some of your regrettable experiences; the mistakes which you fail to forget in time will be forgotten in eternity.
10. Lighten your burdens of soul by speedily acquiring a long-distant view of your destiny, a universal view of your career; your spiritual destiny is conditioned only by your longings and purposes; make not the mistake of estimating the soul’s worth by the imperfections of the mind or by the appetites of the body.
11. Judge not the soul nor evaluate its destiny by the standard of a single unfortunate human episode.
12. Forceful ambition, intelligent judgment, and seasoned wisdom are the essentials of material success; leadership is dependent on natural ability, discretion, willpower, and determination but spiritual destiny is dependent on faith, love, and devotion to truth – hunger and thirst for righteousness – the wholehearted desire to find God and to be like Him.
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