The Key to Great Treasure

IN the stirring days of "good Queen Bess" her turbulent knights found relaxation, during the intervals between wars, in sailing west in search of treasure. Dangers by land or sea were to these lusty Britons but an incentive; hazard was the game of life, the salt of existence. That so many had sallied forth never to return, or to bring home little more than a barren experience, in no way deterred these brave gallants. And how near to their quarry these same treasure hunters ofttimes knew they were, if the cold, stubborn rock would but yield.

In the latter part of the nineteenth century the open sesame to a boundless treasure was discovered, not by a mighty warrior, not by a brilliant explorer, but by an inspired woman who had sought in secret for many years the treasures of Truth,—wading fearlessly through the quagmires of mortal sense, scaling eagerly the mountain heights of hope and revelation. When her tireless quest was rewarded, Mrs. Eddy gave to the world her inspired "Key to the Scriptures," and thus opened up anew to posterity the narrow pathway to eternal good. And what a treasure-store stands revealed! Through this priceless discovery the sea of human consciousness gives up its false beliefs, the stubborn rock pours forth its living stream, the silent centuries disburse their long concealed truth.

To those who have gained the smallest insight into the simple yet profound teaching of Christian Science, their dimly visioned treasure calls them as the grosser wealth of far-off lands called to the bold explorers, but with this difference: that to the earnest seekers after God the treasures of Truth must inevitably become a solid reality, for the veil of obscuration has been rent asunder and the "Word" revealed,—the incontestable truth about God, a spiritual feast for foodless multitudes, a treasure-trove beyond human ken.

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Lessons from a Rose Bush
October 14, 1916

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