CHAPTER VII - Pond and Purpose
human consciousness in the infinite ocean of Love, is the
last scene in corporeal sense. This omnipotent act drops
the curtain on material man and mortality. After this,
man's identity or consciousness reflects only Spirit, good,
whose visible being is invisible to the physical senses: eye
hath not seen it, inasmuch as it is the disembodied individual
Spirit-substance and consciousness termed in
Christian metaphysics the ideal man - forever permeated
with eternal life, holiness, heaven. This order of Science
is the chain of ages, which maintain their obvious correspondence,
and unites all periods in the divine design.
Mortal man's repentance and absolute abandonment of
sin finally dissolves all supposed material life or physical
sensation, and the corporeal or mortal man disappears
forever. The encumbering mortal molecules, called man,
vanish as a dream; but man born of the great Forever,
lives on, God-crowned and blest.
Mortals who on the shores of time learn Christian
Science, and live what they learn, take rapid transit to
heaven, - the hinge on which have turned all revolutions,
natural, civil, or religious, the former being servant
to the latter, - from flux to permanence, from foul to
pure, from torpid to serene, from extremes to intermediate.
Above the waves of Jordan, dashing against the receding
shore, is heard the Father and Mother's welcome, saying
forever to the baptized of Spirit: "This is my beloved
Son." What but divine Science can interpret man's
eternal existence, God's allness, and the scientific indestructibility
of the universe?
The advancing stages of Christian Science are gained
through growth, not accretion; idleness is the foe of
progress. And scientific growth manifests no weakness,
no emasculation, no illusive vision, no dreamy absentness,
no insubordination to the laws that be, no loss nor lack
of what constitutes true manhood.
Growth is governed by intelligence; by the active,
all-wise, law-creating, law-disciplining, law-abiding Principle,
God. The real Christian Scientist is constantly
accentuating harmony in word and deed, mentally and
orally, perpetually repeating this diapason of heaven:
"Good is my God, and my God is good. Love is my God,
and my God is Love."
Beloved students, you have entered the path. Press
patiently on; God is good, and good is the reward of all
who diligently seek God. Your growth will be rapid, if
you love good supremely, and understand and obey the
Way-shower, who, going before you, has scaled the steep
ascent of Christian Science, stands upon the mount of
holiness, the dwelling-place of our God, and bathes in the
baptismal font of eternal Love.
As you journey, and betimes sigh for rest "beside the
still waters," ponder this lesson of love. Learn its purpose;
and in hope and faith, where heart meets heart
reciprocally blest, drink with me the living waters of the
spirit of my life-purpose, - to impress humanity with
the genuine recognition of practical, operative Christian