Above the Clouds

What a glorious day has dawned for mankind in the revelation which discloses the true nature of God and man! Through this revelation, presented to the world in Christian Science, appears the fact of man's spiritual and perfect being, wherein is no element of error, or evil — nothing that "defileth, . . . or maketh a lie." Until the true nature of God and man is disclosed, mortal thought, dreaming as it does of the pleasure or the pain of life in matter, does not fully realize the limited sense which this error imposes. Spiritual facts alone enlighten the understanding, and expose and blot out the limitations of the mortal dream, or mortal mind.

As one on a cloudy day looks up to the darkened sky, which to the limited mortal vision appears to be the boundary of the heavens, so mortal thought, steeped in material beliefs, sees the dark clouds of pain where it looks for happiness, disappointment where it seeks satisfaction, and mistakes these for truths of being. Our Leader says of this limited mortal perception (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 247), "That which is temporary seems, to the common estimate, solid and substantial." Limited mortal vision fails to realize that, just as beyond the clouded sky the sun is resplendent, so, above the mist of belief of life in matter, Spirit is radiantly illuming the universe. Human experience, the product of material thinking, seems very real to mankind, and the faint hope of future betterment in another world does little to solace the thought yearning for light, or to dispel the darkness and uncertainty of mortal belief.

What of the remedy revealed by spiritual facts, which free mankind from the bondage of these false beliefs? Students of Christian Science know that this divine revelation of Truth is the Comforter which Jesus promised would come. Through Mrs. Eddy's spiritual discernment of the true meaning of the Scriptures, the mystery of real being has been unlocked, and the "Key" to the Scriptures presented to mankind. This Science of Christianity teaches men to think truly, or scientifically. It points the way to the kingdom of heaven within us, showing it to be a reflection of Mind, not a state of matter. Christian Science further shows that, because mortal thought drifts into the mesmeric sleep in which appear the pains and pleasures of material sense, the ever present kingdom of God seems to be absent. Christ Jesus said, "The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat." Truth, awakening thought to the contemplation of something more substantial than the faltering belief of life in matter, thereby reveals this kingdom of God as ever present and available. Our Leader leaves no doubt as to the way to this kingdom when she says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 242) : "There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality — to have no other consciousness of life — than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses." Christian Science reveals God, Love, as infinite Principle, expressed through immutable and omnipotent law, which, when rightly utilized, solves all human problems. The utilization of Truth and spiritual law spiritualizes thought, lifting mortals above false belief to behold the glorious facts of spiritual being, of man, as God created him, pure, harmonious, immortal — the divine image, or idea, of Spirit.

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Returning to the Father
March 1, 1930

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