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The fact that in Bible times the altar for sacrifice was placed at the entrance to the tabernacle may have signified that something of material sense had to be given up before one could enter the sanctuary of spiritual consciousness, where man communes with God.
Right after Christ Jesus had warned his disciples against violent invective, he said (Matt. 5:23, 24), "If thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift." He was revealing that the holy place is in consciousness and that one cannot become conscious of Love, or God, until he has cleansed his thought of hatred, of either being an enemy or believing that he has one.
This bringing of thought into line with the allness of Love and the perfectibility of being requires repentance and reformation, which are crowned with healing. To give a Christian Science treatment or to feel the sacred joy of receiving one, this allness of Love, or presence of God, must be realized. While our thoughts and desires are mortal and material we do not enter the holy place.
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THE BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE
JOHN M. TUTT
RETREAT AND GO FORWARD
DAISY DEAN DIDDY
SPIRITUAL KNOWING REVEALS TRUE IDENTITY
"THE GREAT ATTAINMENT"
GERTRUDE GARBUTT THYNG
THE DAY THAT HAS NO END
GRACE HODSDON BOUTELLE
TESTIFY IN THE LORD
Robert Ellis Key
THE LAW OF KINDNESS
RADIO PROGRAM - Overcoming Contagion
Ella May Klingbeil
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Rose M. Graves
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Julia A. Rouquaud
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Sincere gratitude for Christian Science...
Katharine G. Barnes
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Bertha Leo Cofer
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"O give thanks unto the Lord,...
Lucien P. Caille with contributions from Lucille L. Caille
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Betty Jane Thwaits
Signs of the Times
with contributions from James Mackay, A. Brenning, Walter J. Moris