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    It is well to know, dear reader, that our material, mortal history is but the record of dreams, not of man’s real ex15istence, and the dream has no place in the Science of being. It is “as a tale that is told,” and “as the shadow when it declineth.” The heavenly intent of earth’s shadows is to 18chasten the affections, to rebuke human consciousness and turn it gladly from a material, false sense of life and happiness, to spiritual joy and true estimate of being.

21    The awakening from a false sense of life, substance, and mind in matter, is as yet imperfect; but for those lucid and enduring lessons of Love which tend to this result, 24I bless God.

    Mere historic incidents and personal events are frivolous and of no moment, unless they illustrate the ethics of 27Truth. To this end, but only to this end, such narrations may be admissible and advisable; but if spiritual conclusions are separated from their premises, the nexus is 30lost, and the argument, with its rightful conclusions, be2222:1comes correspondingly obscure. The human history needs to be revised, and the material record expunged.

3    The Gospel narratives bear brief testimony even to the life of our great Master. His spiritual noumenon and phenomenon silenced portraiture. Writers less wise than 6the apostles essayed in the Apocryphal New Testament a legendary and traditional history of the early life of Jesus. But St. Paul summarized the character of Jesus 9as the model of Christianity, in these words: “Consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself.” “Who for the joy that was set before him en12dured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

    It may be that the mortal life-battle still wages, and 15must continue till its involved errors are vanquished by victory-bringing Science; but this triumph will come! God is over all. He alone is our origin, aim, and being. 18The real man is not of the dust, nor is he ever created through the flesh; for his father and mother are the one Spirit, and his brethren are all the children of one parent, 21the eternal good.

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