Whether one is aware of it or not, there is inherent in each one's thought a regard for purity; and it is a standard by which, much of the time unconsciously, things are measured. Thus laws have been passed to keep foods and other products from being adulterated. In the degree that a diamond is pure it is valuable; and the flawless stone is the one that is pure in color, clearness, and brilliancy. In human relationships, friendships must be pure in order to endure; and in the ratio of their purity are they elevating and inspiring.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ Jesus said, "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." It was because of his own purity of vision that he could see and state this spiritual fact to the world; and it was his life of purity that enabled him to prove that immortality is a spiritual fact here and now. Only the consciousness which is cleansed of materiality, of self, of sin, can see life as it really is—beautiful, heavenly, holy, sacred, and deathless, deathless because only good can exist in Life, and Life is eternal. Evil alone contains destructive qualities, destructive to itself and its offspring, but never affecting the good and the spiritual.

In studying the Bible one gains throughout its sacred pages glimpses of the real creation, as occasionally some scribe attains to a purity of thought which enables him to see and to record the truth clearly; and so the thread of immortality shines through the Old Testament, and comes into greater light in the New. These evidence of reality found in the Scriptures unfolded their treasures to Christ Jesus, as may be seen by tracing many of his sayings to the ancient prophets. That he understood their deep meanings is evidenced by his life with its wonderful works. Although he proved what he saw by his deeds, yet he knew that the world in general was not ready for his great unfoldment of pure Truth; and so he told those about him that he had many things to tell them which they could not then bear, that is, understand.

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At Sunset
May 18, 1929

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