The Simplicity of Truth

A dictionary definition of "simplicity" is "clearness; plainness." And so the evident truth outshines all else in clearness and plainness and simplicity. Moreover, Truth is absolute; and doubt of its power to heal must be destroyed in order to progress spiritually, or, in other words, that the "old man with his deeds" may be put off. We should expect all good of Truth; otherwise, have we any right to expect anything of it? We may be able to demonstrate only a step or two at a time; but we must remember that in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 426), Mrs. Eddy says: "The discoverer of Christian Science finds the path less difficult when she has the high goal always before her thoughts, than when she counts her footsteps in endeavoring to reach it. When the destination is desirable, expectation speeds our progress." The loyal Christian Scientist rejoices most in each step taken in the progressive march of Truth when he accepts the whole because he has proved a part.

The Scriptures tell us that God gave man dominion over the whole earth—the dominion of love, not hate; of joy, not sorrow. Human opinion constantly voices that this or that evil condition ought to be abolished, done away with! But of what use is the "ought to be" of mortal conjecture? First of all, to get understanding from the citadel of divine intelligence is the right thing to do. That will cause the evident truth to appear, and dissolve the wrong. Mortal opinion is inadequate to suggest an efficient remedy for error; but an acknowledgment in each one's thought of the power of divine intelligence to correct and purify any erroneous condition brought about through erroneous thinking, will aid in the destruction of evil at all times.

How easy it is to turn thought away from the "should be" of mortal conjecture to the ever present "now is" of true Christian knowing! There is no need to do anything but reflect the divine order, for God's work is done. When each one is striving to know and prove this, God's divine order will unfold in a beautiful and simple way, bringing more of good to all, adjusting and sustaining us and destroying whatever is impure and unlike the real spiritual creation. Scolding about what ought to be done is waste of energy; but more of the love so frequently spoken of in the Scriptures,—those Scriptures which through the study of the Christian Science textbook have been opened to us,—and more of pity born of this love, and less of judging from the human standpoint, will abolish the sense of bondage to fear, hate, sickness, until we are conscious only of good.

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Availing Ourselves of God's Rule
April 24, 1926

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