The Light of Truth

While driving to Sunday school one lovely, sunny morning, a student of Christian Science passed a large billboard on which were depicted three figures. The entire poster was brilliantly lighted, except the head of the largest figure, which was in such deep shadow that it appeared to be missing. The effect was startling, but the student quickly saw that the dark shadow was cast by an electric light fixture which acted as an obstruction, preventing the sunlight from reaching this particular spot on the picture. Instantly the thought came, "Why, that is a splendid illustration of the truth about all seeming imperfection!" And as the subject of the Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly that Sunday was, "Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?" the student welcomed the inspiration and unfoldment thus gained, and used it in teaching her class that morning.

On page 10 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy has written: "Experience teaches us that we do not always receive the blessings we ask for in prayer. There is some misapprehension of the source and means of all goodness and blessedness, or we should certainly receive that for which we ask." Is it not, then, the misapprehension which obstructs the light and might of Truth and Love? The pernicious belief that God sends sickness, suffering, calamity, death, and other forms of discord to His children, as a means of discipline and punishment, is a misapprehension of Deity which for centuries has brought misery to humanity. Ignorance of the nature of God, infinite Love, and the cruel, unjust practices arising therefrom, have caused not only the dense shadows of religious intolerance and persecution down through the ages, but also the resignation to suffering and privation because of the generally accepted belief that these are according to God's will, and must be endured uncomplainingly. What a flood of light and joy reaches individual consciousness when these obstructing misconceptions are removed through the teaching of Christian Science, and those on whom these shadows have fallen learn the falsity of them, learn that God's will is always the will of Love, the Love which, as our Leader says (ibid., p. 13), is "impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals"!

July 1, 1939

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