In identifying Truth with God, Christian Science gives the supreme statement and proof of the oneness of all truth,—that in the whole realm of the divine manifestation there are no contradictions, no discordant forces or laws. It follows that in so far as God has been revealed to human consciousness, in so far men have come into a common possession, and every new revelation has been a fulfilment of all that was good and true in the prophecy and perception which came before. Spiritual advance in all times has been the dawning of God's great day, and had this but been realized by religious men, Christ Jesus would have been welcomed, and history would not tell us of the "stoning without the gates" visited upon the world's seers and prophets.

This oneness of all truth was clearly enunciated by John when he spoke of the Christ as "the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world," and Christian Science teaches that the realization of this fact is the one ground of genuine, practical brotherhood. Mrs. Eddy has expressed this in that immortal passage on p. 340 of Science and Health, beginning. "One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations;" and the breadth and embrace of her statement will not have been compassed until all struggle and disharmony shall have passed into their native nothingness, and God rule on earth as in heaven.

It must be apparent to all normal thought that the inherent nature of truth is not affected in any way by its apparent association with error in human consciousness, and it follows that if there be but one single ray of light in a given grade of belief, that ray is golden; it is of God, and its very isolation renders its recognition all the more important. Forgetting this, religious prejudice condemns undiscriminatingly and unhelpfully. Not so Christ Jesus. He saw the single spark of good cherished in the heart of her whom men had pronounced worthy of death, and with words of gentle brotherliness he fanned that spark into a flame. To his disciples he said, "Love your enemies,"—know as brothers the heathen and the hated. How? By recognizing and honoring for its unmarred and eternal value the little light they have, thus contributing of your oil for the increase of their glow.

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January 30, 1909

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