Would You Put On the Vesture of Life?

The continuous task of the Christian Scientist is to separate himself from the false sense of existence and from the untrue picture of self by realizing in ever-increasing measure man's unity with God. Mary Baker Eddy furnishes us with the proper method for this accomplishment when she admonishes us in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 492), "For right reasoning there should be but one fact before the thought, namely, spiritual existence." Spiritual existence is the one true existence. When we have a problem to solve, we must reject the false sense and look to the true or spiritual sense of existence, for therein lie harmony and the God-provided solution. We do not have to make the harmony, but we have to find it through spiritual sense.

Is it not because we are tenaciously clinging to some phase of false material selfhood which seems attractive to us that we often fail to throw off the mask of false existence? The actor in removing his make-up and leaving the theater readily drops the assumed self he has been acting, for he knows that it is not his own self, and he is willing to relinquish it.

To Shakespeare human life was a stage and men and women were merely players. We as Christian Scientists know this to be so of mortal, material existence, but we do not have to go on acting the drama of error if we seek our true identity as ideas of God and fill it. We can begin to take off the mask of false personality and find our true individuality or selfhood. The Bible states this irrevocable truth (Acts 17:28): "In him we live, and move, and have our being." Mortal mind is not the master of the show if we are in the right realm of action. Spirit's universe. Love's heaven, is man's natural habitat, and therein is no false drama, but the presentation of reality in all its glory.

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"Hearken, O daughter"
November 30, 1946

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