P. 1217 §1 Mind is the cosmic instrument on which the human will can play the
discords of destruction, or upon which this same human can bring forth the
exquisite melodies of God identification and consequent eternal survival. The
Adjuster bestowed upon man is, in the last analysis, impervious to evil and
incapable of sin, but mortal mind can actually be twisted, distorted, and rendered
evil and ugly by the sinful machinations of a perverse and self-seeking human will.
Likewise can this mind be made noble, beautiful, true, and good—actually great—in
accordance with the spirit-illuminated will of a God-knowing human being.
P.1572 - §7 "By their fruits you shall know them." Personality is basically
changeless; that which changes--grows--is the moral character. The major error of
modern religions is negativism. The tree which bears no fruit is "hewn down and
cast into the fire." Moral worth cannot be derived from mere repression--obeying
the injunction "Thou shalt not." Fear and shame are unworthy motivations for
religious living. Religion is valid only when it reveals the fatherhood of God and
enhances the brotherhood of men.
P.1582 - §4 The one thing which John gained from this day's teaching was that the
heart of Jesus' religion consisted in the acquirement of a compassionate
character coupled with a personality motivated to do the will of the Father in