Truth's Wedding Garment

"THE kingdom of heaven," explained Christ Jesus in one of his parables, "is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come, . . . and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise." Finally, the king commanded his servants to bring in any guests they could find, "both bad and good." "And when the king came in to see the guests," the Master continued, "he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: and he saith unto him, Friend, how comest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless." What a searching analysis of the so-called human mind is portrayed in this parable, and how well it illustrates the selfishness and indifference of material thinking, which would hinder thought from entering the kingdom of heaven!

On page 95 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy writes: "Lulled by stupefying illusions, the world is asleep in the cradle of infancy, dreaming away the hours. Material sense does not unfold the facts of existence; but spiritual sense lifts human consciousness into eternal Truth." From this statement we see that constantly regarding matter as substance does not free mankind from the burdens of oppression, sickness, or fear. And we also perceive that constantly seeking and finding Spirit, God, as the only substance dissolves the sense of burden, frees human consciousness from erroneous beliefs, and bestows peace and unspeakable joy.

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