"AS SCARLET."

While trying to realize the truth about conditions which the world calls "hopeless," this text from Isaiah came into mind: "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Then came into remembrance the commonly held beliefs about these colors, and thus the passage took on a deeper meaning. Scarlet is commonly spoken of as a "fast color." In the East it is believed that when made with a certain dye this color will not fade, even when exposed to the full light and heat of a tropical sun. It is also spoken of as a flaunting, bold, showy color.

Standing for error, as in the text from Isaiah, whether that error be sin or sickness, thought is led to perceive that though the discord seems to be so fastened into consciousness as to be real and unalterable, it will disappear when subjected to the pure white light of Truth. Though so-called material conditions seem to be flaunting themselves boldly and persistently, they vanish as the tender, meek, pure, and peaceful Christ-spirit is perceived. If, through the dream of life in matter, mortals seem to be tainted by sin or marked by disease, yet, as the truth of being is grasped, the real man is seen in all his God-reflected purity and whiteness.

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