In the Bible, that wonderful history of olden times, we find again and again the declaration that God talked with men. The Old Testament is full of such statements as, "The word of the Lord came unto me, saying;" "For the word of the Lord hath spoken it;" "Thus saith the Lord." When such a claim is made today, the world at large calls it blasphemy, and why? Were men better in those days, did they live purer lives, that we accept their statements reverently and without question, while doubting man's ability to hear God's voice today? Is there no one for God to speak through, or has He ceased speaking? In Christian Science we are learning that God is declaring the truth all the time, and that man's ability to hear it is in proportion to his goodness.

Our Leader says, "I will listen for Thy voice" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 398); she also declares that "the mortal mind through which Truth appears most vividly is that one which has lost much materiality—much error—in order to become a better transparency for Truth. Then, like a cloud melting into thin vapor, it no longer hides the sun" (Science and Health, p. 295). The main issue, then, is purification of thought, and this teaching is confirmed in the Scripture, "Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God." We have nothing to do with effects. If the work within has been well done, God will take care of the outward manifestation. The tendency of material sense all of the time is to divert the attention from the within to the without, and we know full well that inward rot is more destructive than all outward attacks joined together.

March 26, 1910

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