Thinkers in modern times have begun to make a clear distinction between the truth itself and some one's opinion about truth. Thus a widely-read author writes humorously about a Brownate of truth and a Paulate of truth, meaning, of course, the truth which filtered through the consciousness of the individualities thus indicated. As a matter of fact very few persons pause, before they determine any question, to ask themselves what is the truth involved; but this is what Christian Science insists upon, and at every step of the way.

There is one phrase which is used many times in Science and Health, namely, "the truth of being," and every thoughtful student of this text-book sees the importance of comprehending it in order to arrive at right conclusions on any subject whatsoever. On page 218 we read, "When we wake to the truth of being, all disease, pain, weakness, weariness, sorrow, sin, death, will be unknown, and the mortal dream will forever cease." Who would not at least desire to know this truth of being? Of course no one would think of denying that there must be a truth of being, or that all the creeds and physical hypotheses ever formulated have aimed to express something of it; yet, strangely enough, very few have concerned themselves to know it in such a way as to be able to demonstrate it. As soon, however, as we begin to study the Christian Science text-book, we become aware that Christ Jesus knew the truth of being and that he held it to be knowable by all who were willing to accept it.

A more profound study of this subject reveals the fact that the truth of being is always different from the evidence given by material sense, and on this basis alone can the Master's wonderful works be understood or repeated. In the midst of a storm, when their little vessel was threatened with destruction, he said to the terrified disciples. "Why are ye so fearful?" Did they not understand the situation as well as did he—these men who from boyhood had been accustomed to the perils of the deep? They undoubtedly did, but it was because they could not grasp the truth of being that they said, "Carest thou not that we perish?" Happily for them the great Teacher did know this truth, and so the storm was stilled. The same was true when he raised Jairus' daughter from the dream of death, and when he called Lazarus from the grave; indeed in his every act and word we find evidence of what the knowing of the truth means, and respecting our relation thereto he said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

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July 23, 1910

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