Caution in the Truth
good, not of evil; of health, not of sickness; of Life, not
God is All-in-all. Hence He is in Himself only, in His
own nature and character, and is perfect being, or
consciousness. He is all the Life and Mind there is or can be.
Within Himself is every embodiment of Life and Mind.
If He is All, He can have no consciousness of anything
unlike Himself; because, if He is omnipresent, there can
be nothing outside of Himself.
Now this self-same God is our helper. He pities us.
He has mercy upon us, and guides every event of our
careers. He is near to them who adore Him. To understand
Him, without a single taint of our mortal, finite sense
of sin, sickness, or death, is to approach Him and become
Truth is God, and in God's law. This law declares
that Truth is All, and there is no error. This law of Truth
destroys every phase of error. To gain a temporary consciousness
of God's law is to feel, in a certain finite human
sense, that God comes to us and pities us; but the attainment
of the understanding of His presence, through the
Science of God, destroys our sense of imperfection, or
of His absence, through a diviner sense that God is all
true consciousness; and this convinces us that, as we
get still nearer Him, we must forever lose our own consciousness
But how could we lose all consciousness of error, if God
be conscious of it? God has not forbidden man to know
Him; on the contrary, the Father bids man have the
same Mind "which was also in Christ Jesus," - which
was certainly the divine Mind; but God does forbid man's
acquaintance with evil. Why? Because evil is no part
of the divine knowledge.
John's Gospel declares (xvii. 3) that "life eternal" consists
in the knowledge of the only true God, and of Jesus
Christ, whom He has sent. Surely from such an understanding
of Science, such knowing, the vision of sin is
Nevertheless, at the present crude hour, no wise men or
women will rudely or prematurely agitate a theme involving
the All of infinity.
Rather will they rejoice in the small understanding
they have already gained of the wholeness of Deity, and
work gradually and gently up toward the perfect thought
divine. This meekness will increase their apprehension
of God, because their mental struggles and pride of opinion
will proportionately diminish.
Every one should be encouraged not to accept any personal
opinion on so great a matter, but to seek the divine
Science of this question of Truth by following upward individual
convictions, undisturbed by the frightened sense of
any need of attempting to solve every Life-problem in a day.
"Great is the mystery of godliness," says Paul; and
mystery involves the unknown. No stubborn purpose to
force conclusions on this subject will unfold in us a higher
sense of Deity; neither will it promote the Cause of Truth
or enlighten the individual thought.
Let us respect the rights of conscience and the liberty
of the sons of God, so letting our "moderation be known
to all men." Let no enmity, no untempered controversy,
spring up between Christian Science students and Christians
who wholly or partially differ from them as to the
nature of sin and the marvellous unity of man with God
shadowed forth in scientific thought. Rather let the
stately goings of this wonderful part of Truth be left to
the supernal guidance.
"These are but parts of Thy ways," says Job; and the
whole is greater than its parts. Our present understanding