As we have discussed, the Kingdom of God is within us. But why is it not more evident? What seems to be this veil which hides the Kingdom of God from us. Christ Jesus showed us through his mission:
"The veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom." (Matt.) With the crucifixion apparently came this dramatic event. What was it all about?
"The martyrdom of Jesus was the culminating
sin of Pharisaism. It rent the veil of the temple. It
revealed the false foundations and superstructures of
superficial religion, tore from bigotry and superstition
their coverings, and opened the sepulchre
with divine Science, — immortality and Love." (S&H)
Ironic that religion could be the veil hiding the living God from man! Granted it is superficial religion with its bigotry and superstition, and yet is not this the rule rather than the exception today as well as in Jesus' time? It is the nature of the human condition, the educated human mind to glorify itself, turn the divine into the mystical, while making the living God a peripheral, and hates the Christ for its total and complete reliance upon divine intelligence, upon Life that is God.
Today, perhaps more than ever, superficial religion attempts to reconcile material existence with God, but this was not the lesson taught by the resurrection:
"Divine Science deals its chief blow at the supposed ma-
terial foundations of life and intelligence. It dooms idol-
atry. A belief in other gods, other creators,
and other creations must go down before Chris-
tian Science. It unveils the results of sin as shown in
sickness and death. When will man pass through the
open gate of Christian Science into the heaven of Soul,
into the heritage of the first born among men? Truth is
indeed 'the way.' ...
"Error bites the heel of truth, but cannot kill
truth. Truth bruises the head of error — destroys error.
Spirituality lays open siege to materialism. On which
side are we fighting?" (S&H)