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UNITY is a hand-book of Practical Christianity and Christian Healing. It sets forth the pure doctrine of Jesus Christ direct from the fountain-head, The Holy Spirit, who will lead you into all Truth.' It is not the organ of any sect, but stands independent as an exponent of Practical Christianity, teaching the practicad application in all the affairs of life of the doctrine of Jesus Christ; explaining the action of mind, and how it is the connecting link between God and man; how mind action affects the body, produce ing discord or harmony, sickness or health, and brings man into the understanding of Divine Law, harmony, health and peace, bere and now.

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Practical Christianity.




No. 5



And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.

And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.

And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forih thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:

That they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.- Ex. 4:1-5.

In studying Bible history we do it not simply that we may be well posted in regard to people that lived and events that occurred some thousand of years ago. This is comparatively of little value. But when we understand the spiritual significance of characters and events, it largely assists us in the demonstration of the life problem. Just as in the study of mathematics, by understanding and working out the problems, as they are presented, according to the science, we constantly increase in knowledge and power of attainment, until algebra and geometry and trigonometry are no longer mysterious impossibilities, but become accomplishment

The Bible is the book of Divine Science, and its problems are all leading up to the demonstration of the Son of God in every one. So, by the mystery of this wonderful text-book of Truth, the mysteries of Being become clear, and one is able to prove himself the child of Infinite Intelligence and Omnipotent Power in his ability to do the works of God. Moses,

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like all other characters of Bible history, represents a condition of mind, aod is one of the principle steps leading up from the Adamic state of ignorance to the comprehension of the Christ truth of Being.

Feebly at first does the true thought appear, like a little babe, seemingly helpless and unprotected amidst the opposing thoughts of materiality and error, which clamor for its destruction. But the mother love protects it – the inherent God-life can not be destroyed. The consciousness that God cares for His own, forms its ark of safety in which it rides triumphantly over the channels of error, in which it would seem that it must meet its death.

The waters of the Nile signify the moving shadow thoughts of falsity which threaten to swallow up the true idea. But Truth cannot be overwhelmed, and from the very stronghold of error, from the house of Pharaoh himself, comes the sweet and gentle presence which claims the goodly child, and rears him as her own. Here we find the same lesson which I wish to make clear to you in the Scripture, which I have chosen as the basis of my discourse — viz., that right where evil seems to reign is ever working the divine and saving Love — and that which appears to mortal sense as venomous and destructive, when elevated in the light of Truth, and seen in its reality, loses its apparent evil character and becomes a helpful and sustaining rod.

I need not trace for you the history of the great Lawgiver at this time, as you are all undoubtedly acquainted with the story, and its incidents which, with their spiritual interpretation, would furnish profitable and interesting subjects for many sermons.

We have here in our text represented the mind which is spiritually awakened so far as to see God as the I am that I am of His people, the Israelites. It perceives Him as a loving, saving power which is ready and willing to deliver from all bondage, and lead to the realization of peace and plenty in the land flowing with milk and honey.

But though the Moses state of mind is recognition of the power and goodness of God, yet it is still accompanied by doubts and fears and the lamentations of self. It is very conscious of the suppositional thought of error that opposes it. It sees antagonism and unbelief in those around it. This is a kind of thought that Jesus rebuked. It is the “ I am holier than thou”in a disguised form, for all self-consciousness and self-depreciation is nothing but egotism the prevailing thought is the “1." It says, “I perceive Truth, but you are not ready to receive it. I love the Truth, but you hate it, and though I speak the words of Truth you will not hearken to them. I fear to speak for I cannot make you understand, and I shall be misjudged.”

How self-conscious was Moses when he felt the push of the Law, or the voice of the Lord within, urging him to go and prove to the Egyptians that the God of the Israelites was the one true God Omnipotent, and that in his might should his children go free. How different does the so-called meekness of Moses here appear to the meekness of Jesus Christ, who claimed his oneness with God, and that all power was given unto him in heaven and in earth, as the true manifestor of the Divine Will.

Boldly did he speak and do, because of his Godly faith in the Father, or Divine Principle, and he said, “I have not spoken of myself, but the Father which sent me, He gave me a'commandment, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is eternal life: whatsoever I speak, therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.'

Relying upon the Infinite and Omnipotent Good, should we ever fear to go boldly forth wherever the spirit leads, to declare the words of eternal Truth? Nay! let us not hold back in self-distrust, saying like Moses, “O Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant, for I am slow of speech and of a slow tongue." Does not the Voice still question, “Who

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