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to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of
the advanced idea. Gladness to leave the false landmarks
and joy to see them disappear, - this disposition helps
to precipitate the ultimate harmony. The purification
of sense and self is a proof of progress. "Blessed are the
pure in heart: for they shall see God."
Unless the harmony and immortality of man are becoming
more apparent, we are not gaining the true idea
of God; and the body will reflect what governs
it, whether it be Truth or error,
understanding or belief, Spirit or matter. Therefore
"acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace."
Be watchful, sober, and vigilant. The way is straight
and narrow, which leads to the understanding that God
is the only Life. It is a warfare with the flesh, in which
we must conquer sin, sickness, and death, either here
or hereafter, - certainly before we can reach the goal
of Spirit, or life in God.
Paul was not at first a disciple of Jesus but a persecutor
of Jesus' followers. When the truth first appeared
to him in Science, Paul was made blind,
and his blindness was felt; but spiritual
light soon enabled him to follow the example and teachings
of Jesus, healing the sick and preaching Christianity
throughout Asia Minor, Greece, and even in imperial
Paul writes, "If Christ [Truth] be not risen, then is
our preaching vain." That is, if the idea of the supremacy
of Spirit, which is the true conception of being,
come not to your thought, you cannot be benefited by
what I say.
(Abiding in Life)
Jesus said substantially, "He that believeth in me