Removing the Veil

Soon after taking up the study of Christian Science the student becomes aware that something more exists than what he can see, hear, touch, or smell materially. Previously he might have had an inkling that an unseen spiritual cause and its phenomena existed, but because of its vagueness and intangibleness he gave it little or no thought and arrived at no satisfactory answer or solution. However, through the study of Christian Science there begin to unfold in his consciousness those things that are real to spiritual sense and comprehensible only through spiritual understanding. For the first time he feels that he is beginning to get a satisfying answer, and this encourages him to go on and make a consecrated study of the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and to expect more and more unfoldment concerning the things of Spirit, God.

On page 513 of this book we read: "Advancing spiritual steps in the teeming universe of Mind lead on to spiritual spheres and exalted beings. To material sense, this divine universe is dim and distant, gray in the sombre hues of twilight; but anon the veil is lifted, and the scene shifts into light." The student begins to see that materiality is the curtain or veil that obstructs his view of the things of Spirit, that the light of spiritual understanding is necessary, and that he must be willing to accept the fact of the divine creation and allow it to unfold in his consciousness.

Christ Jesus taught his disciples and followers to believe and accept the fact of one real spiritual universe—to acknowledge God and His creation. He rent the veil of materiality that obscured the spiritual view of creation. He knew that "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." The veil of materiality adds nothing to nor detracts from the real universe, that is, God's creation. Nothing can be added to nor can one iota be taken from the divine perfection and completeness. Materiality is wholly unreal and temporal. Spirit, only, is real and eternal, and in order that we may grasp this fact, divine light or understanding in our consciousness is absolutely necessary. This divine light is the Christ, Truth, for John records Jesus as saying, "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness." Without receiving the Christ, Truth, into our consciousness there could be no unfoldment of spiritual sense, no comprehension of the real universe, no discernment of the infinite elements of the one Mind. As we think on these things we find that this light can be gained only through exercising right desire, patience, diligence, perseverance, purity, and those qualities mentioned in lines 26 and 27 an page 115 of Science and Health. It is incumbent upon each individual to be willing to gain an understanding of his true selfhood and not be content always to be shut in by the screen of false belief and materiality.

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