"Twelve gates"

In Revelation we read, "That great city, the holy Jerusalem, . . . had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel." This passage brought comfort to a student of Christian Science during a struggle to free herself from solicitude for a child she loved. Need I be troubled, she thought, if I see anyone turn away from the divine message that is leading us in Christian Science? Are there not twelve gates leading into "the holy city"? Can anyone be excluded from the infinitude of Love?

In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes (p. 267), "By reversal, errors serve as waymarks to the one Mind." Since divine Principle is All, there is no experience that may not lead to the aspect of Truth necessary to some individual point of view, and each must be free in his own way to seek harmony. She realized anew the wide diversity of human viewpoints and human needs, and knew that divine Love cares for all. She saw that in the widely differing characters of his disciples Jesus perceived in varying measure the pure identity that is enthroned in heavenly dominion, spiritual discernment, "judging the twelve tribes of Israel." How distinctly individual is the approach of each one of us to the kingdom of heaven!

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