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Proving the Truth

When Jesus said, "for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth", was he speaking partially of his own necessity (John 18:37)? Did he not know the truth about spiritual man before he arrived? Is it possible that there was some element of the allness of truth that he needed to prove for himself while in the act of demonstrating eternal life for humanity, namely the impossibility of harm from being persecuted for righteousness sake? Did he need to witness and overcome mankind's hatred of the truth-bearer? Did he need to register the impossibility of a mortal mind as a power opposed to God?

"Born of a woman, Jesus' advent in the flesh partook partly of Mary's earthly condition, although he was endowed with the Christ, the divine Spirit, without measure. This accounts for his struggles in Gethsemane and on Calvary, and this enabled him to be the mediator, or way-shower, between God and men" (SH 30:5).

Mary's imperfect sense of God as the only all-inclusive creator needed to be uncovered, demonstrated over, and perfected. She saw her worst fears exposed for all to see. Jesus' earthly mother stood helplessly at the foot of the cross waiting to see the result of mortal mind's hatred of good, and she was not disappointed. Jesus and his saintly mother were both raised out of the belief in any possible partnership between God and mortal man, and the truth about the eternal and wholly spiritual Son of God was brought to humanity's doorstep.

Mary Baker Eddy was also the product of a saintly mother who recognized her child's Christly nature but could only defend her up to the point of her own disbelief. This Mary brought sin from undercover and demonstrated the promised Comforter - the final proof of Mind as the only creator, of Love as the only motivator of spiritualized man. So it is that we all must rise from our seeming untimely births into the glory that "I" had with us before mortal mind's senseless view of the world was. "Mortal man can never rise from the temporal debris of error, belief in sin, sickness, and death, until he learns that God is the only Life" (SH 289:2). He accomplishes this by proving the truth for himself as he demonstrates it for others.

"The truth shall make you free" - transparent from the cares and terrors of this world (John 8:32, emphasis added).

George Denninger ©

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