Moses, David, and others of the grear characters of the Old Testament taught the doctrine of one God, but, of them all, the inspired prophet Isaiah was most emphatic, and throughout the Book of Isaiah you will find his exhortations and counsel: “Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last, and beside me there is no God…. Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? Ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? Yes, there is no God; I know not any….I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no god beside me…look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”
Practicing the Presence of God is two-fold. It is not merely realizing God as one—the one law governing this universe, the one substance, the one cause, the one effect, but going further to the second point which we call “the nature of error.” The human mind does not like this term, “the nature of error.” The human mind would prefer a Pollyanna religion that goes about declaring “God is Love,” meantime permitting the snake of universal beliefs to strike. You, individually, must learn not simply to ignore error: you must be willing to look it squarely in the face and know it for what it is—nothing, a rumor, a temptation, a universal belief in a presence and power apart from God. The human mind must be willing to awaken to the realization that these appearances of error do exist, and that they do have presence and power in our experience until such time as we learn the nature of them as illusion.
Years ago, somebody said to me, “What about the hospitals and cemeteries?” and at that time I had no answer. Now I know the answer—there will always be hospitals and cemeteries as long as people are unwilling to look the situations right in the eye and know that every one of those appearances has existence only as a universal mental belief, a suggestion of a self hood apart from God, of a law apart from God, of a condition apart from God. As long as people are willing to believe that God is some great Power that can heal disease or enrich them, there will be no end to these things called hospitals and cemeteries. It is one thing to believe that there is a God that overcomes error but leaves you in the error; it is quite another thing to know that there is a God that is an infinite Good, beside which there is none else.
You, individually, must be able to comprehend the nature of that which has been appearing for generations as sin, disease and death. You must be able to realize that you have been accepting these rumors because you have not known Christ as the identity of every individual on the face of the globe. Once you know that, you can reject every rumor and dismiss it. Most meta-physicians go about declaring, “It isn’t true; it never happened.” It is true, and it did happen, but what harm can come to the Christ? Crucify It, entomb It, and see if It does not walk the earth again! There is no use denying the crucifix, no use denying the tomb, but what difference does it make? Is it a power? Is it a presence?
Is there an activity apart from God? Is there a Mind apart from God? Is there a Life apart from God? Is there a law apart from God? There are no other Gods but one, and that one is the I am of your being and of my being, and when a rumor comes to you of a self hood apart from God you must be alert enough to look right at the Christ of God and know that Christ is the only identity of individual being. Only that realization constitutes an individual who is set apart from mortal beliefs; only one who has, in some measure, realized that Christ is individual identity, that such individual is the Child of God, can say, “What power is there is such rumors or beliefs?”
Let us therefore ask and seek and knock for more spiritual light, more spiritual wisdom, more spiritual consciousness. Let us always remember that we can pray, ask, seek, knock, as long as it is for something not of this world, because “this world” cannot be demonstrated spiritually.