[Original article in German]

We read in II Corinthians (3:17), "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." What is it then that holds us in bondage? Is it not our belief in the power of that which our physical sense perceive? Just as the dreamer believes the dreams besetting him, because he mistakenly accepts these pictures as real and substantial, so mortals, asleep in a material dream, regard as real the pictures which the enslaving material senses present of fear, sickness, loss, poverty, and death. Just as we imagine in our sleeping dream that we have fallen victim to the illusory power of the dream picture, so in our daydreams we believe material laws have power to keep us in bondage.

Yet nearly two thousand years ago Christ Jesus, who looked with deep compassion on humanity, said (John 8:32), "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." With these words our Master called attention to our inalienable rights, to our God-bestowed dominion over the material senses and their delusions. On page 227 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy we read, "The illusion of material sense, not divine law, has bound you, entangled your free limbs, crippled your capacities,enfeebled your body, and defaced the tablet of your being."

The ineffectualness and uselessness of material methods, the ephemeral character of material pleasures, the emptiness they leave, cause us to look around for that which is imbued with power, which is effectual, lasting, inalienable, and imperishable. Spiritual sense begins to awaken and to glimpse the spiritual and eternal, harmony and life. Then there dawns in the consciousness of the individual a perception of higher joys.

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August 18, 1951

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