Christian Science reveals that all men, whether consciously or unconsciously, really seek God and His kingdom; for all naturally desire security, happiness, harmony, health—riches which can be found only in their Father's house. Christian Scientists consciously follow the Christ in their search for the Father. They accept Jesus as their Way-shower in this quest; for he said (John 14:6), "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

Man, the beloved son of God, inherits heaven. Humanly speaking, because of the need of sacrificing materiality to obtain this heritage, we may say it must be bought. Everyone must buy it, and each must pay the same for it, because its price is not flexible. According to the Master, one must pay his earthly all to obtain heaven; for he likened it to a merchant "seeking goodly pearls: who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it" (Matt. 13:45, 46).

One who would enter this kingdom can take with him not a single fruit of the human will, such as greed, conceit, resentment. He must give up the belief of life in matter. Since earthliness can never enter God's realm, he can reserve nothing of matter for heaven. Yet the stubborn mortal will would apparently try to do just this. It is reluctant to give up its cherished material beliefs.

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