From the time our great Master uttered those wonderful words to his disciples, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free," there has been before the world a promise unequaled in its appeal to all hearts. Throughout the ages the most cherished ideal of every nation has been freedom, an ideal differing in accordance with what the world in its varying degrees of civilization has considered freedom to be; and many and bitter have been the struggles to attain it, and many the sacrifices endured in bearing aloft its standard. Nevertheless, each unit of those many nations, conquered and conqueror alike, has been more or less enslaved by the cruel laws of material belief, the so-called laws of heredity and sickness, of sin and death, resulting in needless suffering.

How reassuring, then, in its simplicity is this statement of Christ Jesus, the Way-shower to all mankind, and how comprehensive is the promise contained therein and how certain of fulfillment! Yet, in spite of this, men have remained in bondage to the belief that matter has power, is sentient, and possesses life and substance, until through the spiritual vision of Mary Baker Eddy and her understanding of the Master's teachings, the way of attainment to perfect freedom was discovered and proved, and given by her in the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

To the generality of men, until the establishment of Christian Science, the comforting promises of the Bible have appeared impossible of realization or of application to present-day conditions; and they have been even as prisoners behind a locked door, a door bolted and barred with the dense beliefs of material sense, beyond which are liberty and joy: spiritual man's goodly heritage. Christian Science has unlocked the closed door which now swings wide, so that, through spiritual understanding, all who will may pass through it into the promised land, and "go in and out, and find pasture." Its teachings remove the dark veil of materiality, and we too can now behold something of that worldwide freedom which our Leader saw so clearly, and of which she has written on page 226 of Science and Health, "The voice of God in behalf of the African slave was still echoing in our land, when the voice of the herald of this new crusade sounded the keynote of universal freedom, asking a fuller acknowledgment of the rights of man as a Son of God, demanding that the fetters of sin, sickness, and death be stricken from the human mind and that its freedom be won, not through human warfare, not with bayonet and blood, but through Christ's divine Science."

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July 20, 1929

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