Treasure Seekers

For long years,—centuries, perhaps,—human interest has been awakened by rumors of buried treasures awaiting the adventurer's quest on land, or perchance in the depths of the sea, where some gold-laden vessel had gone down in storm or calm. Even more, however, is attention now given to the tombs and temples of other days, not so much from the desire to take from them the material treasures of past ages as to learn therefrom what men thought in those days, what they believed concerning God, man, and immortality.

Christ Jesus once said, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where ... thieves break through and steal." Following this line of argument, Mrs. Eddy says in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 70), "The testimony of the corporeal senses cannot inform us what is real and what is delusive, but the revelations of Christian Science unlock the treasures of Truth." "The Greeks seek after wisdom," wrote Paul, and this search led Socrates to the conclusion that the mind was really the man, and the body merely its servant; yet few of the learned men of his day or of later centuries caught the deeper import of his words, for did not Paul add that with all their search after wisdom the Christ-ideal was to the Greeks merely "foolishness"?

In spite of this criticism, scholars have sought in the Greek classics for "treasures of Truth" which should enrich their finder more than any mere material thing could do. A poet of the last century has said, apostrophizing the Greeks:—

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Receiving the Truth
May 2, 1925

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