The apostle Peter speaks of "the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat." Viewed from a material standpoint, one might not be inclined to wish for any immediate appearance of this day. Metaphysically interpreted, the suggestion of fear does not present itself, for the mental picture portrayed involves only the destruction of a false material sense and the restoration of a true or spiritual sense, called in Scripture "a new heaven and a new earth."

The old-time belief in a God of wrath and vengeance has suggested a judgment-day almost too dreadful to contemplate, but it is made apparent in Christian Science that the Christ never will make himself manifest in this way. The coming of Christ is a spiritual awakening; it is the appearing of the divine idea in human consciousness. Slowly but surely it is coming to the apprehension of mortals that there is only one way of getting out of the world here or hereafter, and that is by overcoming or destroying a mistaken or false sense of being. The Master said, "Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." This could mean nothing else than that he had conquered or subjugated a matter sense of the world, having demonstrated the supremacy of spiritual causation. This conquest must have taken place in consciousness rather than in external environment, and it must take place in the same manner with every human being. The putting off of the old man is purely a mental process, and when it is completed, form, outline, and symmetry will be recognized as wholly mental and not physical.

August 17, 1912

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