Sin and Virtue
God is not concerned with sin or pleased by virtue. Sin is its own punishment, virtue its own reward. Whoever sins must suffer the consequences sooner or later, and those who are virtuous always have the satisfaction that virtue gives ; this is an unalterable law, but it is neither to gain satisfaction nor to escape suffering that the soul comes to earth, it is to master life and death, to become Hu-man or Divine man, and in order to do so, absolute mastery must be obtained over all the kingdoms in which he finds himself.
He must meet and conquer both sin and virtue so that neither of these " delusive pairs of opposites " have any power over him ; so long as he is held by either, man is a slave.
"Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin"
John 8. 34,
Likewise he whom virtue holds is the slave of virtue; both are lessons given to man to teach him to know himself and gain the strength to rise above them. Sometimes a man needs more strength to rise above his virtues than to leave his sins ; they should be regarded as valuable lessons which must be accurately learned, for man cannot pass from the elementary school of life until he has learnt them ; but once having passed out, he does not need to continue the lessons, he retains within himself the essence or result of the teaching, which qualifies him to receive knowledge of truth in which is perfect freedom "
"And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free "
John 8. 32.
" Religion is for the desire nature, The Path for the heart, Truth for the Soul."
"Wherefore the law was our
schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ that we might be justified by faith.
Galatians 3. 24-25.