Agreat obstacle to the majority of truthseekers is that they aim to find some faith“once for all delivered,” complete andunchanging. They fail to see that truth is theWord of God. The first syllable of the cre-ative fiat was spoken at the beginning of Evolution, and every word in that creativefiat which has since sounded for our uplift islike the words of a sentence slowly unfold-ing the meaning of the speaker.It is still sounding the keynote of alladvancement, and the whole Word will nothave been spoken, the sentence completedand Truth revealed to us in its fullness, untilour own career of spiritual unfoldment hasgiven us the requisite spiritual power tounderstand Truth in the ultimate.Thus we see that the great creative wordof truth and life is reverberating in the uni-verse today, upholding and sustainingeverything that is and revealing to us asgreat a measure of truth as we are capablenow of comprehending. It is our duty toendeavor to understand this divine truth tothe best of our ability so that we may liveit and fit in with the divine plan, and thatwe are to keep our minds in a state of flex-ibility so that as greater and nobler visionsof Truth unfold themselves before our spir-itual eye, we may be prepared to take upthe new, leaving the old behind, as theNautilus spoken of by Oliver WendellHolmes, which builds its little chamber,then one a little larger and so on, untilfinally it leaves the outgrown shell for anew evolution. So let it also be ourendeavor to:
Build thee more stately mansions O mysoul: As the swift seasons roll! Leave thy low-vaulted past! Let each new temple, nobler than the last,Shut thee from heaven with a dome morevast,Till thou at length art free, Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’sunresting sea!
In pursuance of this divine policy of suit-ing the truth to our capacity for understand-ing, different religions were given tohumanity at various times, each one fitted tothat particular class of people who were togrow thereby. To the Chinese cameConfucianism, to the Hindus was firsttaught the doctrine of Trinity in Unity:Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva—the creator, thepreserver, and the destroyer were aspects of the one all-inclusive Deity and analogous toour own Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thencame Buddhism, which has been called areligion without a God because it empha-sizes particularly the responsibility of manfor his own conditions.
Ask naught of the Helpless Gods with prayer or hymn, Nor bribe with blood, nor feed with fruit or cake.Within yourselves deliverance must besought, Each man his prison makes, Each has such powers as the loftiest ones, Nay for with gods around, above, below, And with all things and whatsoever
4RAYS FROM THE ROSE CROSS