Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
King James Bible
Matthew 12:25 Every
The True Dwelling
From the March 10, 1934 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
THE history of the unfolding human consciousness may be traced somewhat in the evolution of the house or human habitation. To some this statement may seem far-fetched, but the student of Christian Science early perceives the significance attached to the word “house” throughout the Bible. David, the sweet singer of Israel, and the prophets used it both figuratively and literally, and centuries later Jesus employed it in helpful metaphor.
Christian Scientists gratefully accept the scientific sense of house as revealed to their Leader. In the textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” ( p. 578), Mrs. Eddy gives the spiritual sense of this word in her rendering of the twenty-third Psalm, the last verse of which reads: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [love] for ever.”
The words “house” and “home” have generally been closely connected in thought and record. The majority of those seeking a house do so with the intention of making a home, and when a suitable dwelling is found they accept as normal the need that it be swept and scrubbed, the windows cleaned, and perhaps repairs or alterations effected. Christian Science teaches us that our mental habitation also must be purified and prepared, purged of the rubbish of pride, personal sense, human will, prejudice, hatred, sensualism, and other undesirable qualities of the carnal mind, before we can hope to discover what Paul refers to as the “house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
The student, therefore, daily strives to realize the great truth that he lives in the universe of Spirit, wherein are found eternal perfection, harmony, and joy. This mental process logically involves thinking of his neighbor in similar terms. Holding thought in steadfast loyalty to the true concept of house and home will bless and broaden the student’s perception until, in due course, he includes his country within this hallowing influence. Moreover, since God is omnipotent and omnipresent, it follows that no nation can be excluded from this realm of reality or deprived of the light of Truth. When the Science of divine Love comes to be universally understood, it will bring into universal consciousness “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
It may be that a student of Christian Science is confronted with a problem of discord in his family. Let him not be dismayed, but let him hold steadfastly to the spiritual concept of man and patiently endeavor to overcome the temptation to citicize, belittle, or condemn. If he perseveres in forbearance, in true prayer for that grace which is our daily bread; if he patiently and bravely keeps the great fact uppermost in his thought that divine Mind governs all its ideas, he will assuredly solve his problem. In this process he will attain his own essential poise and peace, while those he loves will share his blessing and protection. Thus his sense of home will not be a house “divided against itself,” which the master Metaphysician has declared “cannot stand.”
In this day of reckoning, of sifting out the real from the unreal, many are finding that the mere possession of houses, richly furnished and perfectly appointed though they may be, may leave the occupants unprovided with any true spiritual sense of home. Well for them if in the bleakness of their outlook they would lift their vision and read the message of hope, of joy and salvation, which Christian Science is publishing to a world weary of material lack and suffering. Our Leader has written (Science and Health, p. 58), “Home is the dearest spot on earth, and it should be the centre, though not the boundary, of the affections.” Remarkable changes take place in material conditions as we hold firmly to the basic truth that only the spiritual is real.