"Truth makes man free"

Writing under the caption "Mental emancipation," Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 225): "Whatever enslaves man is opposed to the divine government. Truth makes man free." The words cause one to think; for are there not in the world about us innumerable signs of slavery,—not slavery in the sense that the African slave was the property of another, but slavery to evil, to sin, disease, sorrow, suffering, ignorance, fear, and death? There is no one living in the world to-day but is still the slave in some degree to one or other of these beliefs of evil. It is true that there are those who have to a marked extent overcome them through the understanding of the allness of good; but inasmuch as complete "mental emancipation" has not been attained, mankind remains in bondage.

As the passage cited above declares, all that makes for the enslavement of men opposes the government of God, and to be free from that enslavement they must gain the understanding of God or Truth. To enable them to gain this understanding is the province of Christian Science. It may seem a gigantic task, the freeing of mankind from the slavery of all that is opposed to the divine government; and, indeed, nothing but the power of Truth can do it. But when the question is surveyed in the light of Christian Science, it loses its enormity and becomes the most scientific of propositions.

What, then, is the truth about God that makes free? It is that He is infinitely good. This means that there is only one real presence, one real power, one real cause in existence,—God, good. Moreover, God is Spirit. These truths were known, in part, by prophet and seer, in some instances long before the Christian era. They were known in their fullness by Christ Jesus. And Christian Science has restated them, declaring that God is omnipotent, as the infinitely good and omnipresent Spirit or Mind. Evil, consequently, vanishes as reality; everything which claims to enslave men vanishes as reality; the fact that good is infinite nullifies the belief that evil has any real existence.

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Let There Be Lifting Up
July 5, 1924

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