"Search the scriptures," said Jesus to the people, "for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." Jesus, who accepted as real only the identity of spiritual selfhood, had found in the Scriptures the eternal evidence of man's oneness with the Father; while his opponents, because of their intellectual pride and narrowness of vision, claimed to refute all evidence of his sonship and his mission.

Why did the scribes and Pharisees refuse to come to Jesus for a knowledge of Life, to him who showed that he understood more of the meaning and practical expression of Life than anyone had ever done? Because they were studying and practicing merely the letter of what they read—blind to its spiritual message and the need of applying it in their own lives. What wonder that, unwilling to accept the spirit of the Christ as manifested by the prophets, they failed to recognize the Messiah when he appeared before them! That which has prevented or delayed discernment of spiritual values has always been the world's championship of, and submission to, materiality.

From the Directors
April 1, 1939

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