"The one only way"

In a paragraph in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 242), having the marginal heading "The one only way," Mrs. Eddy states the method whereby heaven, or harmony, is attained. She says: "There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality—to have no other consciousness of life—than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses."

Whoever reads understandingly the words just quoted will see that heaven is not a locality, but a condition of consciousness. This strikes at the belief that heaven is somewhere in space—a fallacy still held by many. They believe that matter is real; that they live in matter, with all its limitations; and these limiting concepts necessarily have as their counterpart a place in space, which mortals call heaven. Men have associated with this so-called heaven a certain sense of harmony, but sustaining this limited sense of bliss there has always been a finite material setting, such as of beauteous palaces and golden streets!

Constructive Thoughts on Church Membership
October 22, 1938

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