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Israel out of Egypt; the return of the prodigal son, and the mission of Jesus Christ as proclaimed by himself and his interpreters, all point to the falling away by humanity from the true life standard.
Those in the New Thought who deny that there has been a lapse by humanity, thereby exclude the necessity of a mediator or helper in getting back into spiritual harmony with our source. Jesus claimed that he had made certain spiritual attainments that gave him power of a superior character as a helper to those who desired to return to their spiritual estate. The majority of those in the New Thought do not accept this, holding that every man is his own savior, and must make the union with the inner Christ without help from anyone. But these same people apply to teachers and healers, yet in mortal consciousness, for help!
Practical Christianity teaches that the human race has departed from the Divine Law, and that its only salvation from sin, sickness, poverty and death is through a return to the Edenic state. Each must come to the recognition of the spiritual law governing his own being, yet it is possible for one to help anotner, and the greater the spiritual understanding of the helper the more effective his help. This brings us to a consideration of Jesus Christ. He was evidently a Master Spirit, and made attainments far beyond those of the ordinary man. He claimed to have opened the way to the original Fount of Mind, . from which all that humanity has, came forth, and that he could help all who believed on him and would follow his way. He did not claim to save men without effort on their part. His admonition was, " Seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you."
The secret of Jesus Christ's mission was in his breaking down certain states of mind that had become crystalized in human mentality. When we see how easy it is to become bound by our thoughts of a few days or months, how inextricable must be those
thought creations that men have been building up for thousands of years. The belief in the necessity of death is a proposition that nearly all people accept as true, yet it is, from the standpoint of religion and science, a deflection from the perfect law. Death of the body would never have been part of our experience had we observed the law of our being and kept in touch with the higher consciousness. Even physicians admit that every organ of the body is self-renewing, under normal conditions, and that if health could be maintained man would go right on living in his organism forever.
Jesus Christ demonstrated this perpetuity of the body, when the mind was right, and he refined his organism until it passed out of the fleshly into the pure substance of Spirit, where it now exists. This is the ultimate of all who overcome the limitations of mortal thought and follow Jesus. We shall not be compelled to live always in these fleshly bodies, but, as Paul discerned, “This corruptible must put on incorțuption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” This change is to come gradually, and without death, as we go on and on in our mental purification. It is found that pure thoughts produce pure brain cells, and these in their turn make pure deposits throughout the organism. Thus we see how the human family shall, through an observance of right thought, and the right living that must follow, attain that perfection which is barmony, or heaven, right here on earth. This harmony of thought on the part of all people will finally lead to a harmony in all Nature, and the planet itself will be transformed by the thought emanations of the inhabitants. Thus the New Jerusalem seen in the vision of John will come down out of the heavens and rest upon the earth.
It will thus be seen that the New Thought student has a broad field to select from, also that he should have his eyes open within in order that he may know to choose the truth from the great mass of matter
labelled “New Thought.” So far as the Society of Practical Christianity is concerned, we must candidly say that its teachings are widely different from those of the majority of New Thought doctrines, and we do not feel at home in the average gathering under that name, although we try to harmonize with all truth seekers. We see in Christianity a well defined plan to assist out of error all who will accept it, and we know that no single individual can stem the tide of human ignorance without its help. Jesus is the central figure in a great world redemption movement, and the Christian brotherhood is an occult society of far-reaching power. This New Thought is going into the orthodox church, and a great awakening will take place in Christianity. Jesus and bis co-workers are going to demonstrate the power of Truth as it is in Christ. The chief corner-stone of the new civilization now being ushered in is Christ Jesus. Practical Christianity builds upon this, and proclaims it in all its teachings. The promise is that we shall demonstrate to religion that it is founded upon science; and to science that it is founded upon religion.
BY EVA MARBLE BONDY.
“In God's world for those who are earnest there is no failure."
THE POWER OF STILLNESS.
Be still and know that I am God.-Psalms 46:10.
It was “ a still, small voice or "the sound of a gentle stillness."
Is there any note of music in all the chorus as mighty as the emphatic pause? Is there any word in all the Psalter more eloquent than the one word, Selah (Pause)? Is there anything more thrilling and awful than the hush that comes before the bursting of the tempest, and the strange quiet that seems to fall upon all nature before some preternatural phenomenon or convulsion? Is there anything that can so touch our hearts as the power of stillness?
The sweetest blessing that Christ brings us is the Sabbath rest of the soul, of which the Sabbath of creation was the type, and the Land of Promise God's great object lesson. There is for the heart that will cease from itself, “the peace of God that passeth all understanding," "a quietness and confidence,” which is the source of all strength, a sweet peace which nothing can offend, “a deep rest which the world can neither give nor take away." There is in the deepest center of the soul a chamber of peace where God dwells, and where if we will only enter in and hush every other sound, we can hear His still, small voice.
There is in the swiftest wheel that revolves upon its axis a place in the very center where there is no movement at all; and so in the busiest life there may be a place where we dwell alone with God in eternal stillness.
This is the only way to know God. “Be Still, and know that I am God.” "God is in His Holy Temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him."
A score of years ago, a friend placed in my hand a little book which became one of the turning points of my life. It was called "True Peace." an old medieval message, and it bad but one
thought, and it was this — that God was waiting in the depths of my being to talk to me if I would only get still enough to hear His voice.
I thought this would be a very easy matter, and so I began to get still. But I had no sooner commenced than a perfect pandemonium of voices reached my ears, a thousand clamoring notes from without and within, until I could hear nothing but their noise and din. Some of them were my own voice, some of them were my own questions, some of them were my own cares, some of them were my very prayers. Others were the suggestions of the tempter and the voices from the world's turmoil. Never before did there seem so many things to be done, to be said, to be thought; and in every direction I was pushed and pulled, and greeted with noisy acclamations and unspeakable unrest. It seemed necessary for me to listen to some of them, and to answer some of them; but God said, “Be Still, and know that I am God.” Then came the conflict of thoughts for the morrow, and its duties and its cares, but God said, “Be Still. And as I listened and slowly learned to obey, and shut my ears to every sound, I found after a while that when the other voices ceased, or I ceased to hear them, there was a still, small voice in the depths of my being that began to speak with an inexpressible tenderness, power, and comfort. As I listened it became to me the voice of prayer, and the voice of wisdom, and the voice of duty, and I did not need to think so hard, or pray so hard, or trust so hard, but that "still, small voice" of the Holy Spirit in my heart was God's prayer in my secret soul, was God's answer to all my questions, was God's life and strength for soul and body, and became the substance of all knowledge, and all prayer, and all blessing; for it was the living God himself as my life and my all.
Beloved! this is our spirit's deepest need. It is thus that we learn to know God; it is, thus that we receive spiritual refreshment and nutriment; it is