The City of God

Through the study of Christian Science we learn that the city of God, which is not a material habitation but a state of divine consciousness, is governed and controlled by divine Love; that there is but one gateway through which it can be entered, the gateway of pure and holy thinking. For did not our Master say, "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God"? In order, then, to enter this divine state of consciousness, the weeds of self-love, self-pity, self-justification, self-condemnation, self-righteousness, self-will, must be replaced with the flowers of self-abnegation, self-sacrifice, honesty, purity, humility, unselfed love—that love which embraces all mankind; which sees man, the image and likeness of God, where mortal man claims to be; which magnifies good; which refrains from voicing error, from encouraging it in others, and from condoning it through silence, when silence means consent.

Animal courage cannot enter the city of God; moral courage is necessary—that strong, pure courage which stands ready and willing to take up the cross and go forward, listening for and obeying the "still small voice." Thereby one follows in the footsteps of our blessed Master, who cared neither for the world's approval nor for its frown, because his thought was centered on being about his Father's business. And because his whole earthly experience was a desire to please God, he could reveal the truth and teach it to his followers. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 26) Mrs. Eddy writes: "Our Master taught no mere theory, doctrine, or belief. It was the divine Principle of all real being which he taught and practised."

The Only Way
June 27, 1931

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