Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (1898)/16 Apocalypse
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein; for the time is at hand. — Revelation.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the City of our God, in the mountain of His holiness. — Psalms.
SAINT JOHN writes, in the tenth chapter of his Book of Revelation:
And I saw another mighty angel come down from Heaven, clothed with a cloud; and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire. And he had in his hand a little book open; and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot upon the earth.
Is this angel, or message from God, Divine Science, that comes in a cloud? To mortals obscure, abstract, Evangel. and dark; but a bright promise crowns its brow. When understood, it is Truth's prism and praise; when you look it fairly in the face, you can heal by its means, and it hath for you a light above the sun, for God “is the light thereof.” Its feet are pillars of fire, foundations of Truth and Love. It brings the baptism of the Holy Ghost, whose flames of Truth were prophetically described, by John the Baptist, as consuming error.
This angel had in his hand a “little book,” open for all to read and understand. Did this same book contain Truth's volume. the revelation of Divine Science, whose “right foot” or dominant power was upon the sea, — upon elementary, latent error, the source of all error's visible forms? His left foot was upon the earth; that is, a secondary power was exercised upon visible error and audible sin. The “still, small voice” of Scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean, to the globe's remotest bound. The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, “as when a lion roareth.” It is heard in the desert, and dark places of fear. It arouses the “seven thunders” of evil, and stirs their latent forces to utter the full diapason of secret tones. Then is the power of Truth demonstrated, — made manifest in the destruction of error. Then will a voice from harmony cry: “Go and take the little book. . . . Take it and eat it up, and it shall make thy belly bitter; but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.” Mortal, obey the heavenly evangel. Take up Divine Science. Read it from beginning to end. Study it, ponder it. It will be indeed sweet at its first taste, when it heals you; but murmur not over Truth, if you find its digestion bitter. When you approach nearer and nearer to this divine Principle, when you eat the divine body thereof, thus partaking of the nature, or primal elements, of Truth and Love, do not be surprised or discontented because you must share the hemlock cup and eat the bitter herbs, for the Israelites of old, at the Pascal meal, thus prefigured this perilous passage out of bondage into the El Dorado of faith and hope.
The twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse — or Revelation of Saint John — has a special suggestiveness in connection with this nineteenth century. In the opening To-day's lesson. of the Sixth Seal, typical of six thousand years since Adam, there is one distinctive feature which has special reference to the present age.
Revelation xii. 1. And there appeared a great wonder in Heaven, — a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
Heaven represents harmony, and Divine Science interprets the Principle of heavenly harmony. The great Human botany. miracle, to human sense, is divine Love. One of the grand necessities of existence is to gain the true idea of what constitutes the Kingdom of Heaven in the affections of man. This can never be reached while we hate our brother, or entertain a false estimate of whom God has appointed to voice this idea. Again, without a clear and correct sense of its idea, we can never assimilate the divine Principle. The botanist must know the genus and species of a plant, in order to classify it correctly; and as it is with the plant, so is it with man.
Abuse of the motives and character of Paul hid from new the remarkable nature of the apostle, which made Motives abused. him equal to so great a mission. Persecution, of whomsoever spoke something new and better of God, not only obscured the light of the ages, but was fatal to the persecutor. Why? Because it hid from them the true idea which was presented. To misunderstand Paul, was to be ignorant of the divine idea he taught; and this lesser ignorance betrayed at once a greater ignorance as to its Principle, — ignorance of the proper Life, which leads to its discernment, works out the ends of eternal Good, and destroys both the belief in evil, and the practice of it.
Agassiz, through his microscope, saw the sun in an egg, at a point of so-called embryotic life. Because of Espousals supernal. his more spiritual vision, Saint John saw an “angel in the sun.” The Revelator beheld the spiritual idea from the mount of vision. Purity was the symbol of Life and Love. He saw also the spiritual ideal, as a woman clothed in light, a bride coming down from Heaven, wedded to the Lamb of Love. To him, the Bride and the Lamb represented the correlation of divine Principle and spiritual idea, God and his Christ, bringing harmony to earth.
John saw the human and divine coincidence, as shown in the man Jesus, as divinity embracing humanity, in Life Coincidence. and its demonstration, — reducing to human perception and understanding the Life which is God. In divine revelation, material and corporeal selfhood disappear, and the spiritual ideal is understood.
The woman in the Apocalypse is the vignette, which illustrates as man the spiritual idea of God, — and God Spiritual sunlight. and man as the Divine Principle and Divine idea. The Revelator symbolizes Spirit by the sun. The idea is clad with the radiance of spiritual Truth, and matter is put under its feet. The light portrayed is really neither solar nor lunar, but spiritual Life, which is “the light of men.” In the first chapter of the Fourth Gospel it is written, “There was a man sent from God . . . to bear witness of this light.”
John the Baptist prophesied the coming of the immaculate Jesus, and he saw in those days the spiritual idea as the Messiah, who would baptize with the Holy Ghost, — Divine Science. As Elias represents the Fatherhood The moon and woman. of God, through Jesus, so the Revelator completes this figure with woman, as the spiritual idea or type of God's Motherhood. The moon is under her feet. This idea reveals the universe as secondary and tributary to Spirit, from which it borrows its reflected Substance, Life, and Intelligence.
The spiritual idea is crowned with twelve stars. The twelve tribes of Israel, with all mortals, — separated, by Light of stars. belief, from man's divine origin and the true idea, — shall through much tribulation yield to the activities of the divine Principle of man, in the harmony of Science. These are the stars in the crown of rejoicing. They are the lamps in the spiritual heavens of this age, which show the workings of the spiritual idea by healing the sick and the sinful, and by manifesting the light which shines “unto the perfect day,” as the night of materialism wanes.
Revelation xii. 2. And she, being with child, cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
The spiritual idea is typified by a woman in travail, Travail. waiting to be delivered of her sweet promise, but remembering no more her sorrow, for joy that the birth goes on; for grand is the idea, and the travail portentous.
Revelation xii. 3. And there appeared another wonder in Heaven; and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
Human sense may well marvel at discord; while, to a diviner sense, harmony is the real, and discord the unreal. Mortals may well be astonished at sin, sickness, and death. They may well be perplexed at human fear. The dragon as a type. They may be still more astounded at hatred, which lifts its hydra head, showing its horns in the many inventions of evil. But why should they stand aghast at nothingness? The great red dragon only symbolizes a lie, — the belief that substance, life, and intelligence can be material. This dragon stands for the sum total of human error. The ten horns of the dragon typify the belief that matter has a power of its own, and that by means of mind in matter it can break the Ten Commandments.
The Revelator lifts the veil from this embodiment of all evil, and beholds its awful character; but he also sees The sting of the serpent. the nothingness of evil and the allness of God. The Revelator sees that old serpent, whose name is Devil, or Evil, holding untiring watch, that he may bite the heel of Truth, and devour the offspring of the spiritual idea, which is prolific in health, holiness, and immortality.
Revelation xii. 4. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of Heaven, and did cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman, which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
The serpentine form stands for subtlety, winding its way amidst all evil, but doing this in the name of Good. Trail of the fiend. Its sting is spoken of by Paul, when he refers to “spiritual wickedness in high places.” It is the animal instinct in mortal minds, which would devour each other, and cast out devils through Beelzebub.
As of old, evil still charges the spiritual idea with error's own nature and methods. This malicious animal instinct (of which the dragon is the type) seeks to kill even earth's fellow-mortals, morally and physically, and worse still, then to charge the innocent with the crime. This last infirmity of sin will sink its perpetrator into a night without a star.
The author is convinced that the accusations against Jesus of Nazareth, and even his crucifixion, were Malicious barbarity. instigated by the criminal instinct here described. The Revelator speaks of Jesus as the Lamb of God, and of the dragon as warring against innocence. Since Jesus must be tempted in all points, he, the immaculate, met and conquered sin in every form. The brutal barbarity of his foes could emanate from no other source except the highest degree of human depravity. Jesus “opened not his mouth.” The spiritual idea paused before the tribunal of mortal mind, unloosed, in order that this false claim of mind in matter might secretly defy immortal Mind, until the majesty of Truth should be demonstrated in Science.
From Genesis to the Apocalypse, sin, sickness, and death, envy, hatred, and revenge, — all evil, — are typified Doom of the dragon. by a serpent, or animal subtlety. Jesus said, quoting a line from the Psalms, “They hated me without a cause.” The serpent is perpetually close upon the heel of harmony. It pursues with hatred the spiritual idea, from the beginning to the end. In Genesis, this allegorical, talking serpent typifies mortal mind, “more subtle than any other beast of the field.” In the Apocalypse, when nearing its doom, its evil increases, and it becomes the great red dragon, swollen with sin, inflamed with war against Spirit, and ripe for destruction. It is full of lust and hate, loathing the brightness of divine glory.
Revelation xii. 5. And she brought forth a man-child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne.
Led on by the grossest element of mortal mind, Herod decreed the death of every male child, in order that the The conflict with purity. man Jesus (the masculine representative of the spiritual idea) might never hold sway, and so deprive Herod of his crown. The impersonation of the spiritual idea had a brief history in the earthly life of our Master; but “of his kingdom there shall be no end,” for Christ, God's idea, will eventually rule all nations and peoples — imperatively, absolutely, finally — with Divine Science. This immaculate idea, represented first by man and last by woman, will baptize with fire; and the fiery baptism will burn up the chaff of error with the fervent heat of Truth and Love, melting and purifying even the gold of human character. After the stars sang together, and all was harmony, the material lie — or liar, for they are one — made war upon the spiritual idea; but this has impelled this idea to rise to the zenith of demonstration, destroying sin, sickness, and death, and be caught up unto God, — be found in its divine Principle.
Revelation xii. 6. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God.
As the children of Israel passed triumphantly through the Red Sea, the dark ebbing and flowing tides of human Stemming the tide. fear, — as they journeyed through the wilderness, walking wearily through the great desert of human hopes, and anticipating the promised joy,— so shall the spiritual idea guide all right desires in their passage from sense to Soul, — from a material sense of existence to the spiritual, — up to the glory prepared for them who love God. Stately Science pauses not, but moves before them, a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night, leading up to divine heights.
If we remember the beautiful description which Sir Walter Scott puts into the mouth of Rebecca the Jewess, in the story of Ivanhoe, —
|When Israel, of the Lord beloved,|
|Out from the land of bondage came,|
|Her fathers' God before her moved,|
|An awful guide in smoke and flame, —|
we may also offer the prayer which concludes the same hymn, —
|And oh, when gathers on our path,|
|In shade and storm, the frequent night,|
|Be Thou, long-suffering, slow to wrath,|
|A burning and a shining light.|
Revelation xii. 7, 8. And there was war in Heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought, and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in Heaven.
The Old Testament assigns to the angels, God's divine messages, different offices. Michael's characteristic is Angelic offices. spiritual strength. He leads the hosts of Heaven against the power of Satan, and fights the holy wars. Gabriel has the more quiet task of imparting a sense of the ever-presence of ministering Love. These angels deliver us from the depths. Truth and Love come nearer in the hour of woe, when strong faith, or spiritual strength, wrestles and prevails, through the understanding of God. The Gabriel of His presence has no contests. To ever-present Love there is no error, — no sin, sickness, or death. Against such the dragon warreth not long, for he is killed by the divine impulse. Truth and Love prevail against the dragon, because the dragon cannot safely war with them.
Revelation xii. 9. And the great dragon was cast out, - that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
That false claim — that ancient belief, that old serpent whose name is Devil (evil), claiming that there is Demonology. power in matter either to benefit or to injure mortals — is pure delusion, the red dragon; and it is cast out by Christ, Truth, and the spiritual idea, and so proven to be powerless. The words “cast down to the earth” show the dragon to be nothingness, dust to dust; and therefore, in his pretence of being a talker, he must have been a lie from the beginning. His angels, or messages, are cast out with their author. The beast and the false prophets are lust and hypocrisy. Those wolves in sheep's clothing are detected and killed by innocence, the Lamb of Love.
Divine Science shows how the Lamb slays the wolf. Innocence and Truth overcome guilt and error. Ever Divine warfare. since the foundation of the world, ever since error would establish material belief, evil has tried to slay the Lamb; but Science is able to destroy this lie, called evil. The twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse typifies the divine method of warfare in Science, and its glorious results. The following chapters depict the fatal effects of trying to meet error with error. The narrative follows the order used in Genesis. First the true method of creation is set forth in Genesis, and then the false. Here, also, the Revelator first exhibits the true warfare, and then the false.
Revelation xii. 10-12. And I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven: “Now is come salvation and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives, unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the Devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”
For victory over a single sin we give thanks, and magnify the Lord of Hosts. Then what shall we say of the Pæan of jubilee. flighty conquest over all sin? A louder song, sweeter than has ever before reached high Heaven, now rises clearer and nearer to the great heart of Christ; for the accuser is not there, and Love sends forth her primal and everlasting strain. Self-abnegation — by which we lay down all for Truth, or Christ, in our warfare against error — is a rule in Christian Science. This rule clearly interprets God as divine Principle, — as Life, represented by the Father; as Truth, represented by the Son; as Love, represented by the Mother. Every mortal at some period, here or hereafter, must grapple with and overcome the mortal belief in a power opposed to God.
The Scripture, “Thou hast been faithful over a few things; I will make thee ruler over many,” is literally fulfilled, when we are conscious of the supremacy of Truth, The robe of Science. whereby the nothingness of error is seen, and we know that its nothingness is in proportion to its wickedness. He that touches the hem of Christ's robe, and masters his mortal belief, animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing, — in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love. Alas for those who break faith with Divine Science, and fail to strangle the serpent of sin, as well as of sickness! They are dwellers still in the deep darkness of belief. They are in the surging sea of error, not struggling to lift their heads above the drowning wave.
What must the end be? They must eventually expiate their sin through suffering. The sin, which one has Expiation. made his bosom companion, comes back to him at last with accelerated force; for the Devil knoweth his time is short. Here the Scriptures declare that evil is temporal, not eternal. The dragon is at last stung to death by his own malice; but how many periods of self-torture it may take to remove all sin, must depend upon its obduracy.
Revelation xii. 13. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man-child.
The march of mind and honest investigation will bring the hour when the people will chain, with fetters of some Apathy to occultism. sort, the growing occultism of this period. The present apathy as to the tendency of certain active yet unseen mental agencies will finally be shocked into another extreme mortal mood, — into human indignation; for one extreme follows another.
Revelation xii. 15, 16. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood, after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman; and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are Thirst and fearlessness. waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ's name, and never fear the consequences. What if the old dragon sends forth a new flood, to drown the Christ-idea? He can neither drown your voice with its roar, nor again sink the world into the deep waters of chaos and old night. In this age the earth will help the woman; the spiritual idea will be understood. Those ready for the blessing you impart will give thanks. The waters will be pacified, and Christ will command the wave.
When God heals the sick or the sinful, they should know the great benefit Mind has wrought. They should Diabolism. also know the great delusion of mortal mind, when it makes them sick or sinful. Many are willing to open the eyes of the people to the power of good resident in divine Mind; but they are not as willing to point out the evil in human thought, and expose its hidden mental ways of accomplishing iniquity.
Why this backwardness, since exposure is necessary, to ensure the avoidance of the evil? Because people On guard. like you better when you tell them their virtues, than when you tell them their vices. It requires the spirit of our blessed Master to tell a man his faults, and so risk human displeasure, for the sake of doing right and benefiting our race. Who is telling mankind of their foe in ambush? Is the informer one who sees the foe? If so, listen and be wise. Escape from evil, and designate those as unfaithful stewards, who have seen the danger and yet have given no warning.
At all times, and under all circumstances, overcome evil with Good. Know thyself, and God will supply the The armor of divinity. wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil. Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you. The cement of a higher humanity will unite all interests in the one Divinity.
Through trope and metaphor, the Revelator — immortal scribe of Spirit, and of a true idealism — furnishes Reflector of glory. the mirror in which mortal mind may see its own image. In significant figures he depicts the thoughts which he beholds in mortal mind. Thus he rebukes the conceit of sin, and foreshadows its doom. With his spiritual strength, he has opened wide the gates of glory, and illumined the night of Paganism with the sublime grandeur of Christian Science, outshining sin, sorcery, idolatry, and hypocrisy. He takes away mitre and sceptre. He enthrones pure and undefiled religion, and lifts on high only those who have washed their robes white in obedience and suffering.
Thus we see, in both the first and last books of the Bible, — in Genesis and in the Apocalypse, — that sin is The Alpha and Omega. to be Christianly and Scientifically reduced to its native nothingness. “Little children, love one another,” is the most simple and profound saying of the inspired writer. In Science we are children of God; but in sense, or as mortals, we are not His children, and corporeality is the inverted image of His child.
Love fulfils the law in Christian Science, and nothing short of this divine Principle, understood and The acme of celestial law. demonstrated, can ever furnish the vision of the Apocalypse, open the seven seals of error with Truth, or uncover the myriad illusions of sin, sickness, and death. Under the supremacy of Spirit, it will be seen and acknowledged that matter must disappear.
In Revelation xxi. 1 we read:
And I saw a new Heaven and a new earth; for the first Heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
The Revelator had not yet passed the transitional stage in human experience called death, but he already Man's present possibilities. saw a new Heaven and a new earth. Through what sense came this vision to Saint John? Not through the material visual organs for seeing; for optics are inadequate to take in so wonderful a scene. Were this new Heaven and new earth terrestrial or celestial, material or spiritual? They could not be the former, for the human sense of space is unable to grasp such a view. The Revelator was on our plane of existence, while yet beholding what the eye cannot see, — that which is invisible to the uninspired thought. This testimony of Holy Writ sustains the fact in Science, that the heavens and earth, to one human consciousness, — or that consciousness which God bestows, — is spiritual; while to another, the unillumined human mind, the vision is material. This shows unmistakably that what we term matter and Spirit indicate states and stages of consciousness.
Accompanying this Scientific consciousness was another revelation, even the declaration from Heaven Nearness of Deity. enthroned harmony, that God, the divine Principle of bliss, is ever with men, and they are His people. Thus man was regarded no longer as a miserable sinner, but as the blessed child of God. Why? Because Saint John's corporeal sense of the heavens and earth had vanished; and in place thereof was his spiritual sense, the subjective state, whereby he could see the new Heaven and earth, which involve the spiritual sense and consciousness of all things. This is Scriptural authority for concluding that such a recognition of Being is, and has been, possible to men in this present state of existence, that we can become conscious, here and now, of a cessation of death, sorrow, and pain. This is indeed a foretaste of absolute Christian Science. Take heart, dear sufferer, for this reality of Being will surely appear sometime and in some way. There will be no more pain, and all tears will be wiped away. When you read this, remember Jesus' words, “The Kingdom of God is within you.” This spiritual consciousness is therefore a present possibility.
The Revelator also takes in another view, adapted to console the weary pilgrim, journeying “uphill all the way.”
He writes, in Revelation xxi. 9:
And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying: “Come hither! I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.”
This ministry of Truth, this message from divine Love, carried John away in Spirit. It exalted him till he became conscious of the spiritual facts of Being, and “the New Jerusalem, descending from God, out of Vials of wrath and consolation. Heaven,” — the spiritual outpouring of bliss and glory, — which he describes as the city which “lieth four-square.” The beauty of this text is, that the sum total of human misery — represented by the seven angelic vials, full of seven plagues — have full compensation in the law of Love. Note this, — that the very message, or swift-winged thought, which poured forth hatred and torment, brought also the experience which at last lifted the seer to behold the great city, whose four equal sides are Heaven-bestowed and Heaven-bestowing.
Think of this, dear reader, for it will lift the sackcloth from your eyes, and you will behold the soft-winged dove Spiritual wedlock. presently descending upon you. The very circumstance which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares. Then thought gently whispers: “Come hither! Arise from your false consciousness, into the true sense of Love, and behold the Lamb's wife, — Love wedded to its own spiritual idea;” then cometh the marriage feast, for this revelation will destroy forever the physical plagues imposed by corporeal sense.
This sacred city, described in the Apocalypse (xxi. 16) as one that “lieth four-square,” and cometh “down The city four-square. from God, out of Heaven,” represents the Alpha and Omega of Divine Science. The builder and maker of this New Jerusalem is God, as we read in the Book of Hebrews; and it is “a city which hath foundations.” The description is metaphoric. Spiritual teaching must always be by symbols. Did not Jesus illustrate by the Mustard-seed and the Prodigal? Taking the city in its allegorical sense, the description of it as four-square has a profound meaning. The four sides of our city are the Word, Christ, Christianity, and Divine Science; “and the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day, and there shall be no night there.” This city is wholly spiritual, as its four sides indicate.
As the Psalmist saith, “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth is Mount Zion, on the sides of The royally divine gates. the north, the city of the great King.” It is indeed a city of the Spirit, fair, royal, and square. Northward, its gates open to the North Star, the Word, the polar magnet of Revelation; eastward, to the star seen by the Wisemen of the Orient, who followed it to the manger of Jesus; southward, to the genial tropics, with the Southern Cross in the skies, — the Cross of Calvary, which binds human society into solemn union; westward, to the grand realization of the Golden Shore of Love and the Peaceful Sea of Harmony.
This heavenly city, lighted by the Sun of Righteousness, — this New Jerusalem, this infinite All, which to Revelation's pure zenith. us seems hidden in the mist of remoteness, — reached Saint John's vision while yet he tabernacled with mortals.
In Revelation xxi. 22, further describing this holy city, the Beloved Disciple writes:
And I saw no Temple therein; for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the Temple of it.
There was no Temple, — that is, no material structure wherein to worship God; for He must be worshipped in Spirit, in Love. The word temple also means body. The Revelator was familiar with Jesus' use of this word, The shrine celestial. as when he spoke of his material body as the Temple, to be temporarily rebuilt (John ii. 21). What further proof need we of the real man's incorporeality than this, that John saw Heaven and earth, with “no Temple [body] therein,” and this kingdom of God “is within us,” — is within reach of man's consciousness here, and the spiritual idea reveals it. In Divine Science man possesses this recognition of harmony consciously, in proportion to his understanding of God.
The term Lord, as used in our version of the Old Testament, is often synonymous with Jehovah, and ex- Duality in unity. presses the Jewish concept, not yet elevated to deific apprehension, through spiritual transfiguration. Yet the word gradually approaches a higher meaning. This human sense of Deity yields to the divine sense, even as the material sense of personality yields to the incorporeal sense of God and man, as the infinite Principle and infinite idea, — as one Father, with His universal family, held in the Gospel of Love. The Lamb's wife presents the spiritual unity of male and female as no longer two, but one; and this compounded spiritual idea reflects God as infinite Mind, not as a corporeal Being. In this divinely united spiritual consciousness there is no impediment to the perfectibility of man in eternal bliss.
This spiritual, holy habitation hath no boundary or limit; but its four cardinal points are: first, the Word Compass and light. of Life, Truth, and Love; second, the Christ, the spiritual idea of God; third, Christianity, which is the outcome of the divine Principle of the Christ-idea in Christian history; fourth, Christian Science, which to-day and forever interprets this great example and the great exemplar. This city of our God hath no need of sun or satellite, for Love is the light thereof, and divine Mind is its own interpreter. All who are saved must walk in this light. Mighty potentates and dynasties will lay down their honors within it. Its gates open towards light and glory, both within and without; for all is Good, and nothing can enter that city which “defileth, or maketh a lie.”
Our present feeble revelation of Christian Science must close with Saint John's Revelation as seen by the great apostle; for this vision is the acme of this Science, as the Bible reveals it.
Note. — In the following Psalm one word shows, though faintly, the light that Christian Science throws on the Scriptures, by substituting for the corporeal sense the incorporeal or spiritual sense of Deity: —
[Divine love] is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
[Love] maketh me to lie down in green pastures: [love] leadeth me beside the still waters.
[Love] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]: [love] leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for [love] is with me; [love's] rod and [love's] staff they comfort me.
[Love] prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies : [love] anointeth my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of [love] for ever.