[Original article in German]


When studying the lesson in the Christian Science Quarterly on "Truth," the meaning of this term became clearer to me through the revelation given us in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. I rejoiced in the recognition that Truth includes perfection, unchangeable goodness, and eternal harmony. When we shall have advanced to the perfect understanding of divine Truth, remembrance of sorrow, sin, and death will be impossible, and we shall no longer entertain mortal beliefs or consider them as realities. But this beautiful vision requires demonstration; that is, we must prove in our lives the fact that heaven is a present possibility. The aim of attaining this perfect, sinless, blessed consciousness should ever stand before us, to light up the path of the traveler from sense to Soul, as the star of Bethlehem did aforetime.

In a time of great sorrow I learned that holding this destination ever before the eyes hastens the steps out of earthly experiences into the land of promise, enabling us to replace the sorrow by closer communion with God. We must relinquish the images of error, and under all circumstances see and acknowledge only Truth, the perfect Father, including man created in His image. The real man has no consciousness of error. And the understanding of the truth alone makes free. There is, therefore, no liberation except by dwelling in the truth, by continuing in the contemplation of the good and the perfect, and by the complete denial of all thoughts of imperfection, sorrow, lack, fear, untruth, injustice. The more absolute we are in this activity the more conscious we become of the presence of the kingdom of God, the heaven which Mrs. Eddy defines in the Glossary of our textbook (p. 587) as "harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul."

If heaven is government by God, then all the error that is seemingly being enacted to-day, often so aggressively, must be a lie, a deception, a dream or illusion. Therefore, "awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light,"—awake from the dream that life can be mortal, that good can be overcome by evil, that injustice can triumph over truth. "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life," we are told in Revelation. Be thou faithful in the refutation of false beliefs, until the seemingly most stubborn thought of a belief in material life or death is revealed by Truth to be illusion. Then the crown of life, the absolute consciousness or immortality, will have become your own.

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September 13, 1924

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