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The Light of Truth
ELLA W. HOAG, CSD

 
         The writer of Hebrews propounded a tremendous truth when he wrote: "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, . . . and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do;" while Paul declares, "All things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light." These are startling statements to the mortal who would hide from the light of Truth and would cherish a little longer his beliefs in materiality with all its ignorance and deception.

         Material sense is always vaunting itself as impenetrable and impregnable. Hiding as it does in its own darkness, it even calls that darkness light, and so apparently succeeds in at least temporarily blinding its victims to the falsity of its manifold claims of good and evil in matter. Its day, however, is indeed short; for the light of Truth has arisen to human consciousness through the revelation of Christian Science, and is bringing out from undercover all supposititious claims of a mind and an existence outside of God, that they may be banished forever.

         Christian Science very speedily shows the earnest, honest student that he can never get rid of evil until he recognizes evil as evil. He sees that so long as he believes evil to be good, he will go on deceived by it, and will reap the unhappy fruits which result from entertaining such false notions. He therefore thanks God that "all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." He is most grateful that he has been given that light of Truth wherewith he may discern all "the thoughts and intents of the heart," and thus be enabled to divide between the false and the true, overcoming the former with the latter. In consequence, he starts out on his pilgrimage from sense to Soul with many a shout of thanksgiving that all evil is to be uncovered to him, and that he is to prove it unreal.

         As he presses joyously on, he finds himself confronted with various phases of thought. He may begin to wonder, since God is of too pure eyes to behold iniquity, how it is possible for Truth to uncover evil. He may even be tempted to imagine that he himself may hide from God as though anything could hide in infinite Light! Error, however, may therefore argue to him that it makes little difference how much he may sin, since God cannot know it. He forgets that all sin is of the darkness, and that its final exposure is a foregone conclusion! He forgets that if sin attempt to multiply in its own darkness and where else could it claim to exist? it is but heaping up "wrath against the day of wrath;" for the light of Truth with its cleansing fires will finally burst upon it, and the overcoming and annulment of evil in the consciousness of the willful sinner the one who has cherished false beliefs and practices as real may seem to involve many a fiery baptism.

         Another mental phase frequently encountered is when the student hurries forward with "a zeal ... not according to knowledge." He thinks he may so pour in the light of Truth that all of evil will be uncovered to him instantly, and that with a consequent immediate victory over it there will be little if any more evil for him to conquer, at least in his own thinking and experience. Because he does not find such uncovering and vanquishment his, he begins to wonder why, and spends his time expecting a happy day when by having some specific sin revealed he shall find the bulk of his difficulties dissolved.

         Now the fact that "whatsoever doth make manifest is light" opens the way of salvation from all evil; but this way must be walked with great diligence and great courage. All Christian Scientists must allow this light of Truth to shine into their innermost consciousness according to God's own loving law. They must let it reveal in divine Love's own wise way their errors of belief. As our beloved Leader sang it in her "New Year Gift to the Big Children" (Poems, p. 69):

"Father-Mother good, lovingly
         Thee I seek,
         Patient, meek,
In the way Thou hast,
Be it slow or fast,
         Up to Thee."

We must not murmur if the errors are uncovered in such rapid manner that we seem almost overwhelmed by their apparent enormity; neither can we complain if the uncovering be very slow. It is our business to use the light and then deal with whatever wrong may be revealed. This is the main necessity to let the light of Truth pierce each and all falsities until they are seen to be absolutely unreal.

         Then, from the very commencement of his journey, and all through its manifold experiences, the Christian Scientist should realize that the light of Truth must be his constant guide and guard. It alone can reveal to him the truth about God and man, as well as uncover, rebuke, and destroy every claim of a supposititious opposite. As thoughts of sin and of mistaken beliefs are uncovered, he has only to keep pouring in the light of Truth until it dispels their every seeming. Deepest love for God, good, must accompany him always in his use of this light. True to the light, he can never fail.

         At this glad New Year time, when most of the world is occupied in making anew all good resolutions, let us as earnest, devoted Christian Scientists consecrate ourselves afresh to this holy work of purification in the way our beloved Leader makes so very plain when she writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 201): "We cannot fill vessels already full. They must first be emptied. Let us disrobe error." And she adds: "The way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour in truth through flood-tides of Love. Christian perfection is won on no other basis."

 

"The Light of Truth" by Ella W. Hoag, CSD
The Christian Science Journal, January, 1926


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