The illusive nature of sense testimony is illustrated in the following incidents: One morning a man was driving a cow into the stable, in which there happened to be at the time considerable dust. As a ray of sunshine streamed through a knot-hole and hit the particles of dust, it made them all visible and there seemed to be a veritable bar across the way, which was so real to the cow that as she hurried along she jumped over it to get to her place. A friend recently told me this experience of a neighbor. Coming home one night he was laughing heartily. His wife asked the cause, and he told her that for two or three evenings he had been stepping very carefully over what seemed a crack in the cement sidewalk. This evening he had for some reason looked at it carefully, and found that it was no crack at all but the shadow of a wire overhead.

In both these instances there was no reality involved, only a seeming; a veritable shadow, perhaps, but no substance. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, we learn that the same is true of all that is based upon sense testimony. We have all been living in the sense that the body is real and the only thing that we can live in; and to material sense this is the only possible consciousness of existence. Mrs. Eddy is the only one who has had the courage to attempt to disabuse the thought of the world on this point. She discovered and proclaimed that the body and material sense are not the realities of being, but are the errors and falsities of human thought; and that the spiritual, the divine, is the only reality of being. Others may have gained a glimpse of these facts, but she studied them out, gave them a philosophical analysis, and set them in logical sequence and in scientific form. She has given to the world the results of her work in language fitting to the originality and grandeur of the subject, and we have it in our text-book as "apples of gold in pictures of silver." Here we are shown that while mortals continue in this false sense, they take the sins, pains, and sorrows that necessarily inbere in it, and accept them as real and essential. They step over shadows and bars and make sorry work of it.

March 9, 1907

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