"Be thou clean"

That purity is native to the good, the beautiful, and the true, is instinctively discerned. The vision of the morning stars singing together, the bright appearing of the manifestations of the all-creating, all-controlling Spirit, embraces no perception or possibility of "anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie," to quote St. John, whose exalted sense perceived the divine to be immaculate, and that the attainment of the Christ-mind means the separation of thought from all that is unideal.

Dirt has been defined as "matter out of place," and this recognition serves to quicken sense, since every thing or thought that is out of place, all that makes for disorder or disharmony, must be an offense to law and order, hence to true refinement. In this perception, human aspiration is approaching that at-one-ment with the ideal which gives sure prophecy of the coming of man.

It may be argued by some, however, that filth is but a seeming; that the processes of decay are not less wonderful and interesting to the chemist than are the processes of growth to the biologist. To this we answer, Very true, a seeming it is, and in a far deeper, more significant sense than the physical scientist has dreamed. This is the hall-mark of Christian Science teaching, that all which is unspiritual or untrue in its nature is unreal. It can have no place in the consciousness of God, no place in the consciousness of man, hence it is wholly out of place in our consciousness. Christian Science identifies matter as the projection of false sense, wrong thought objectified; and it therefore teaches that it is only with the coming of the Christ, the immaculate idea, that one's mentality is made clearn, all that is lawless, impure, unspiritual,—in a word, all impurity,—being removed thereby.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

March 20, 1915

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.