Truth

Truth is, always has been, and always will be, and Truth is all that there really is. Truth is absolute, infinite, eternal. There is no halfway point at which one may stop and loiter between what mortal mind calls truth and error. A thing is either true or it is not true, it is perfect or it is not perfect, it is real or it is not real. It is impossible for a thing to be at the same time true and untrue, real and unreal, perfect and imperfect. Mrs. Eddy tells us in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 242): "Christian Science is absolute; it is neither behind the point of perfection nor advancing towards it; it is at this point and must be practised therefrom. Unless you fully perceive that you are the child of God, hence perfect, you have no Principle to demonstrate and no rule for its demonstration. By this I do not mean that mortals are the children of God,—far from it. In practising Christian Science you must state its Principle correctly, or you forfeit your ability to demonstrate it." So-called mortal man would make unto himself many laws and many gods, but Mrs. Eddy knew, and we must learn, that God created all that is, and His law that governs the universe and man as created in His image and likeness is absolute, perfect, eternal.

It was the truth that the Hebrew children knew about the one God and His law that brought them unharmed out of the fiery furnace. It was the truth that Daniel knew about this same law that raised him above any fear of the king's edict and caused him to go as usual to his window looking toward Jerusalem and pray to his God three times a day; and it was his knowledge of this perfect law of God that protected him and brought him forth from the lions' den. Daniel well knew that he could not waver for an instant nor obey one iota of the king's command without breaking God's law, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Jesus said: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." It was his perfect knowledge of this same truth about God and His law that enabled Jesus to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and raise the dead. It was this absolute divine Principle, and Jesus' perfect knowledge of it, that brought him forth from the rock-ribbed tomb. "Love is the liberator," Mrs. Eddy says (Science and Health, p. 225), and the Christian Scientist who is reflecting Love, Truth, and Life most clearly and who is recognizing and demonstrating the true brotherhood of man and doing unto others as he would have them do unto him, is helping most to overcome the mortal sense of or the world's hatred of the truth.

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