"Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?"

"Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?" (Psalms 24:3.) It was the Psalmist who asked the questions—questions which every Christian Scientist is putting to himself. And the Psalmist answered them in a way which every follower of the Master knows in his heart is in accordance with the best in Judaism and the best in Christianity: "He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully."

Christian Science wholeheartedly endorses the words of the Hebrew seer. Every student of Christian Science realizes how lofty are the aims which they set forth; how they call for obedience to the First Commandment—"Thou shalt have no other gods before me"—as the way to holiness; how they demand steadfast adherence to every righteous precept. He who would "stand in his holy place" must have "clean hands, and a pure heart"—must be morally upright because of the innocency of his thought. He must eschew the vanity of deceit, refusing to be beguiled by the specious arguments of material sense.

How is the spirituality to be attained which will ensure victory over materiality, and the ascent to "the hill of the Lord," the ascent which is characterized by purity and freedom from vanity and deceit? Mrs. Eddy gives the method. She writes on page 242 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "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." Our Leader's words require careful study. And first, it should be noted that they state that spiritual progress must be through the Christ, "the divine image and likeness, dispelling the illusions of the senses" (ibid., p. 332). Christian Science reveals the truth that God is infinite good, and that man as God's reflection knows only good. It shows also that, since God is infinite Spirit, matter, with all that pertains thereto, is unreal. This is the spiritual truth which when understood frees from materiality and sin.

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Divine Direction
March 25, 1939

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