The parable of the tares

Originally published in the July 15, 1890 issue of the Christian Science Series (Vol. 2, No. 6)

"All is Mind." All that exists is a mode of consciousness. There are two conditions of consciousness: one, the real, is immortal, is without beginning or end, and has in itself no sense of imperfection or discord; the other is mortal, has both beginning and end, and includes every form of evil.

The field in which the seed is sown is the world. The world is to come to an end for "the harvest is the end of the world." As we have before observed, immortal consciousness cannot have an end; therefore, the field referred to in the parable cannot be that consciousness. As there is besides this only the mortal sense of existence which comes to an end, mortal consciousness must be the field in which the seed is sown.

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