"UPON THIS ROCK."

In the first book of Kings we read that "Solomon sent to Hiram, saying, Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house unto the name of the Lord his God for the wars which were about him on every side, ... But now the Lord my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent." This mention of David seems, in the light of Christian Science, to be an illustration of the individual consciousness which is still struggling with thoughts of good and of evil, taking the side of good more firmly since its partial awakening through the study of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, but not yet fully convinced of the absolute nothingness of error, therefore still more or less at war or in conflict. But God had promised David, "Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; ... He shall build an house for my name."

We find that in the most recent editions of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy has omitted the word "strive" from the last of the tenets of The Mother Church (p. 497), so that it reads: "We solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus." Does not this indicate that many Christian Scientists are reaching, or have already reached, that altitude of spiritual understanding of the one Mind, even God, good, which is the basis of true peace and rest,—the purer concept of God, and of man as His likeness, which is the foundation for the rebuilding of the house of the Lord, the universal consciousness of Love, upon the everlasting rock, Truth?

January 30, 1909
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