The House at Bethany

With touching simplicity our Leader wrote in "Retrospection and Introspection" (p. 52), "I have worked to provide a home for every true seeker and honest worker in this vineyard of Truth." Turning to Christian Science, mortals learn that an unselfish desire to know God is all that is at first needed to bring their God-appointed home to view. In Science each one is inspired to know and obey the truth; for God talks to him and His voice can be heard. The loving friends who received Christ Jesus in their house at Bethany gained an unforgettable proof of this when their Master raised Lazarus from the tomb. They saw that even the darkest threat which human experience enfolds could be disarmed by meek acceptance of the spiritual inspiration which God endlessly supplies.

Inspiration is an impartation from divine intelligence, which supersedes the suggestions of physical sense. It is through spiritual inspiration that our prayer is answered; and there is no place where this inspiration cannot be gained and followed. Though the seeming evidence of matter disputes it, unselfed thought can rise above every temptation of animal magnetism. Lazarus obeyed the summons of inspiration while he was still bound with the graveclothes of material beliefs; and in glorified measure it governed the faithful witness who stood outside his tomb and boldly declared the unchanging facts of Life. The sincere search for inspiration will give constant and continuous employment to all.

Jesus once told a story of the strange guests who were found at a great wedding feast prepared by a king (Matthew 22:1–14). Some whose rank or importance entitled them to be there were absent, while others more needy and more meek came instead. The only demand made by the host was that every guest should wear a wedding garment. Equally today, all may share the benefits of healing through Christian Science, but it is only through a life made pure by inspiration that a student can retain his hold on Truth. Regardless of supposed limitations of education, of past mistakes or present difficulties, healing is within the reach of everyone who is willing to accept it on these terms.

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"Key to the Scriptures"
May 4, 1935

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