The Pearl of Great Price

"Again the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchantman seeking goodly pearls; who when he found one pearl of great price went and sold all that he had and bought it."

What is the pearl of great price to-day? Is it not the scientific Christianity that heals the sick and sinful beliefs of mortals through the spiritual understanding of God and man,—the Christianity which rejects all finite premises, and accepts the divine Mind as the only Cause and basis of every real effect? Surely every parable of Jesus indicates that on this basis alone can scientific Christianity be attained. He also declared and demonstrated that this pearl had within it all the elements of substantial wealth. The true, the real, the spiritual church may be said to embrace the ideas of infinite Mind in action, manifesting life, love, health, holiness, harmony,—divine beauty and sweetness. As human consciousness, through the invincible activity of scientific Christianity, recognizes even in a degree this divine energy, thought opens to the bountiful fruition of this Christ-awakened sense of church. Through the scientific demonstration of health and holiness, thought is ever ascending the mountain slope for higher gleams of deific light and Love. As this quickened and quickening thought begins to build in human consciousness a type of divine health and purity, so likewise it begins to build in this consciousness a type of the true church, whose members may represent in ever-advancing degree the mental healing of our great Master, who was the highest earthly type of the spiritual idea.

A Divided House
February 11, 1905

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