"Mortals must find refuge in Truth in order to escape the error of these latter days," writes Mary Baker Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 83). Christian Science, her discovery, makes it possible for each individual to become conscious of the invisible world of Truth. Everyone is aware of this real, indestructible world in some measure because everyone is conscious of good, and good is Truth. But when good is understood as entirely separate from matter, is known as Spirit and as all, thought is spiritually activated or energized, and spiritual activity becomes a refuge from evil.

Christ Jesus made his escape from the temptation and the dangers of mortal existence, and he did so individually. He knew that the kingdom of heaven, the world of Truth, was within his true selfhood, the Christ, and he escaped from evil by taking recourse to that real self. Mrs. Eddy says in "No and Yes" (p. 36): "The real Christ was unconscious of matter, of sin, disease, and death, and was conscious only of God, of good, of eternal Life, and harmony. Hence the human Jesus had a resort to his higher self and relation to the Father, and there could find rest from unreal trials in the conscious reality and royalty of his being,—holding the mortal as unreal, and the divine as real."

The Master did not wait for others to reach his understanding of real life in Spirit, but alone, and as quickly as possible, rose above the mist of false sensations and evil. His country was in subjection to the military might of an alien race, and he was surrounded by bitter religious bigotry and spiritual blindness to his mission; but he let nothing deter him. Only through example could he show others the way of escape from sinful material sense, since each must prove his own security and perfection as God's son.

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