This week, in the process of studying an article entitled “Oneness” by Bicknell Young, written circa mid 1930s, I ran across an interesting quote researched by Mr. Young, and taken from manuscripts discovered in Egypt in 1896 known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri. This document is evidently one of many which were destroyed, possibly by the Emporor Constantine or by his contemporary counterparts in the 3rd century A.D. Many such documents recording details of Jesus’ life and sayings were deliberately excluded from the Holy Bible during that period, for what many historians agree may have been political purposes. These documents contained hitherto unknown sayings attributed to Jesus. Not until 50 years later would Papyrus Oxyrhynchus be correlated with its original source: the Gospel of Thomas found at Nag Hammadi in Egypt.
Christian Science teaches that the “City that lieth foursquare” in the Revelation of St. John is not a “place” in the sense of the human sense of places, but is a subjective state of consciousness which we all can ultimately reach, and in which we all will ultimately reside, when we become fully aware of the spiritual nature of our oneness with God. In the following logio from Oxrhynchus, Jesus was quoted with the following very profound statement in support of these teachings of Christian Science, which is designed to restore the absolute meaning and practicality of the teachings of Christ Jesus:
“The kingdom of heaven is within you. And whosoever shall know himself shall find it. Strive therefore to know yourself and ye shall know that ye are the sons of the Father and that ye are in the city of God and ye are the city”
For more information see http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/papyrology/a/031811-CW-Oxyrrhynchus.htm