Making Knowledge Practical

The key to human destiny lies in the correct answer to Pilate's question to Jesus,—"What is truth?"—which has been bandied about the succeeding centuries as if truth were an enigma to which there is no available solution. Yet not only must every human being at some time know what truth is, but he must make that knowledge practical, since there is no other way whereby freedom from error can be won. Mortals continue in bondage to evil conditions because they are ignorant of the truth, or knowing it fail to obey it. Some would answer Pilate's question academically, endeavoring to satisfy human need with doctrines and theories; but the Master's teachings imply that more than intellectual belief is required, and that is demonstration, the individual living of the truth. It is safe to say that until the things of God's kingdom become the positive realities of one's daily consciousness, he is not knowing the truth in the full sense indicated by the Master.

Truth is the divine verity and permanency of things. It includes all that is real. It constitutes the only being or consciousness known to God or to the perfect man. This being so, should we not ask ourselves what is the truth to us,—the divinity which Jesus called good, or the errors that mortals name evil? Do we find our reality in the realm of so-called material consciousness, or in the realm of spiritual consciousness? "How important, then," Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health (p. 481), "to choose good as the reality!" And why? Obviously because human consciousness is filled to overflowing with indescribable discord in consequence of choosing evil as reality. The Master foresaw and foretold the coming to humanity of the "Comforter," the whole truth about God, whose mission it is to lead mankind "into all truth," and consequently out of all error.

"The guest of God"
May 6, 1916

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