The Sanctuary

Who has never felt the need of taking refuge from the world, the need of casting off a burden, the need for healing, for rest and peace? Surely such is the longing of many a human heart and for such a one there is a promise of comfort. Help has always been at hand and the way to avail ourselves of it has been proclaimed of old by seers and prophets, and to-day is again fully revealed in Christian Science, a teaching which is giving to the world a knowledge of God through the spiritual interpretation of the Scriptures and the demonstration of Immanuel, "God with us." This enables every sincere seeker, every one that hungers and thirsts after righteousness, to enter into the sanctuary.

The word sanctuary is derived from the Latin sanctuarium, sacred, holy, and is used to designate a consecrated place. Most people to whom it is familiar connect it with that part of a religious building in which the altar is placed, or with the temple, the building itself. But in the light of Christian Science the word takes on a much broader meaning and the material symbol gives place to the true idea which gave it birth. The human is limited at all points and it is only as we acquaint ourselves with the divine decree concerning man that we begin to understand our true relationship with God and enter into our heritage of freedom.

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