[Original article in German]

The Cultivated Soil

It can be readily understood that those who have become acquainted with Christian Science and have thereby experienced the healing power of Truth, would wish to acquaint their suffering fellow-men with the source of such good. Often they cannot understand why people who long for something better should refuse to follow what Christian Science has shown to be the only practical and right way. This indifference, sometimes even amounting to resistance to Truth, is not merely a sign of our own times. Since the beginning of time it has seemed to be in evidence. The great Teacher experienced it, he who so well knew what the cause of this resistance claimed to be.

By the parable of the sower Jesus taught that the soil (human consciousness) must have been previously cultivated in some degree in order to be able to receive spiritual truth. In a hard, uncultivated soil the seed will not take root and spring up. One whose consciousness is filled with the beliefs and false images of mortal sense, and who is satisfied with a concept of existence which attributes life and substance to matter, is not responsive to the truth which declares God, Mind, Spirit, to be the only Life, the only Being. Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 201): "We cannot fill vessels already full. They must first be emptied." It would not be wise, in such a case, to try to force anything. For this reason, Jesus admonished his disciples, "Whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet."

November 17, 1923

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