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taught, and which manifestations would follow as signs

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that an understanding of his philosophy had been reached.

It does seem to me, that where the signs do not follow

professing Christians which Christ said should follow

them, there must be something wrong, either in his teach-

ings or their understanding of them; and to say the

least, the foundations of their faith require a careful re-

examination, with a view to harmonizing them with the

plain teachings of the Christ in whose footsteps they

profess to follow.

I never could understand how God could be ever-pres-

ent as a personal Being, but I think I can and do under-

stand how divine Principle can pervade every thing and

place.

I never could understand how heaven could be a place

with gorgeous fittings, but I think I can and do under-

stand how it might be a spiritual (or if you please mental)

condition. Jesus said, "The kingdom of God cometh

not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here!

or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within

you."

"Knowledge (or understanding) is power." Since

adopting the views of life as set forth in "Science and

Health with Key to the Scriptures," I have seen proofs

of what can be accomplished through a knowledge of the

truth, which to my mind amount to demonstrations, and

which no longer seem incredible, but which I do not ask

another to accept upon my statements. Every one must

see or feel for himself in order to be convinced; but I

am satisfied that any who will lay aside their preconceived

notions, and deal honestly with themselves and the light

they have, will come to a knowledge of the truth as illus-

trated in the teachings and life of Jesus Christ; that is,

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that Mind, or Soul, or whatever you may be pleased to

call it, is the real Ego, or self, and that mortal mind with

its body is the unreal and vanishing, and eventually goes

back to its native nothingness.

Truth is, and ever has been, simple; and because of

its utter simplicity, we in our pride and selfishness have

been looking right over it. We have been keeping our

eyes turned toward the sky, scanning the heavens with

a far-off gaze in search of light, expecting to see the

truth blaze forth like some great comet, or in some ex-

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