It is written in Proverbs, "The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them." Every waking moment audible and inaudible thoughts press for recognition. As Christian Scientists we are not subordinate to the uttered or unuttered mortal beliefs which would associate us with weary resignation or willful co-operation with unworthy purposes.

On pages 11 and 12 of "The People's Idea of God" Mrs. Eddy writes: "Should we but hearken to the higher law of God, we should think for one moment of these divine statutes of God: Let them have 'dominion over all the earth.' 'And if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.'" This hearkening with rejoicing to "the higher law of God" reveals the spiritual dominion, completeness, and harmony of man in the likeness of God. Divine Love enables us to apprehend the truth of being and prove its presence and power in human experience, for, as our Leader says, "[Love] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 578). True hearing is a pure and indestructible faculty of Soul. No belief of disability, deafness, or disobedience is ever apprehended by spiritual sense. Hence, whatever suggests to us a false mental state and consequent loss of right faculties is traceable to mortal mind and is a lie which it would be disobedient to entertain for one second. Spiritual man eternally hears, sees, and expresses the harmony of being, and there is no other identity than that which God bestows. True hearing is a God-ordained and spiritually maintained faculty. It does not fluctuate and cannot be suspended, obstructed, or intercepted by materiality. Whatever falsity seems to be uttered or heard is mere belief and never a part of spiritual consciousness. True hearing is cognizant of good alone. "Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth." This admonition calls for eager listening and attention to the demands of divine Truth. Hence, our hearkening must have in it no element of reluctance, rebellion, or desire to cover error, for this would not be honest listening.

Christ Jesus said, "Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." Every spiritual faculty is active forever. In order to rise higher in our demonstration of the divine nature we must be imbued with an unrestricted desire to apprehend the beauty of holiness and make it our own. We must declare the whole truth and nothing but the truth about ourselves as God's witnesses.

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