"What is truth?"

In the eighteenth chapter of John's Gospel it is recorded that Pilate asked Jesus the question, "What is truth?" There is no record, however, of Jesus' having answered the question. And when the high priest asked the Master to explain his doctrine, his reply was: "I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou me?" The priesthood was too self-satisfied to understand Jesus' teaching as given in the synagogue; it was not meek, or in other words, not willing to be taught. Jesus knew it was useless to try to explain Truth to material-mindedness.

In the eighth chapter of John we read Jesus' words, loved by every true Christian: "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." To-day Mrs. Eddy has clarified this truth as it has never been clarified before, making it so simple that a little child may understand it and begin to demonstrate it. But, as in Jesus' time, it must be approached in a meek, loving way to be understood. We must be willing to be taught.

Christian Science teaches the truth about God, man, and the universe; and this truth frees us from all discordant conditions, such as worry, anger, sin, sickness, and death. A great light has been thrown on this truth by the definition given by Mrs. Eddy in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 468), where in answer to the question, "What is the scientific statement of being?" she writes: "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual."

The Church Triumphant
December 29, 1928

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