[Original article in German]

True Mercy

In Christian Science the serious task is placed before us of maintaining, through right thinking, what Mrs. Eddy speaks of on page 505 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" as "the line of demarcation between the real and unreal." On the same page the word "firmament" is spoken of as meaning "spiritual understanding, by which human conception, material sense, is separated from Truth." Herein our Leader affirms that spiritual sense or understanding alone can distinguish between the real—that which God creates—and the unreal, that which human belief.

To the spiritual thought of the neophyte, this Science presents an entirely new concept of creation which he has not heretofore perceived. He learns to recognize God, Spirit, in His sublime perfection as the only creator, and the universe, including man, also in its perfection, as divine Mind created it. With this exalted sense he now regards the supposititious, material creation. He sees the errors and defects of material sense in bold relief; and while he glories in the divine beauty, he realizes the nothingness of the counterfeit. He has now gained some understanding of the "hearing ear" and the "seeing eye;" and he is learning how to shut out material sense testimony.

Christian Science teaches that the errors of the senses must be uncovered in order to be destroyed. The earnest desire to meet this demand of divine Science stimulates the thought to recognize seeming evil. In the outer world, apparently surrounding us, we are constantly brought face to face with the necessity of mingling with people and conditions which seem to contradict our higher concepts of existence. But there the best opportunity presents itself to do something for the salvation of mankind,—that is, to draw "the line of demarcation between the real and unreal." The first step has been taken. Through the clearer understanding of the true creation, we have been enabled to recognize the claims of evil. But now comes the second step, which is no less important, and which must follow the first,—namely, to deny evil all existence, despite sense-testimony.

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March 8, 1924

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