THE ALLNESS OF TRUTH

[Of Special Interest to Young People]

A Group of young people engrossed in wholesome mental gymnastics were given the following sequence of words to punctuate so that they would make sense: That that is is that that is not is not is not that true it is. They were told, incidentally, that the solution of this puzzle would reveal a simple but profound truth.

One of the group who worked out the correct answer in the allotted time was a young Christian Scientist. When confronted with this apparently meaningless jumble of words, John quickly saw that the first four could be punctuated as follows: "That that is, is." The result—a simple affirmation. But John understood something of the deep significance of these words because his experience as a pupil in a Christian Science Sunday School had blessed him with an abiding conviction of the changeless nature of God, or Truth, who is "the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" (Hebr. 13:8). Therefore he knew that the statement, "That that is, is," proclaimed a primary and eternal fact of being—the allness and "isness" of Truth.

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