Perception Which Heals

Interpreted literally and historically a passage of Scripture has no more power to bring peace and health to sick and sinning mortals than has a quotation from Homer's Iliad or Cæsar's Commentaries. All Scripture must be perceived spiritually and in the present tense, and as applicable and available here and now for rebuke, warning, instruction, pardon, peace, health, and harmony.

In the one hundred and fourteenth psalm we read, "When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language; Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion." It is generally admitted that these words record a historic fact; that is, that the descendants of Jacob had been delivered from Egyptian bondage and had started on their journey to the promised land in Palestine. But they hold much more, for the lines have a spiritual, metaphysical meaning compared with which the historical and literal is but as the husk. Mrs. Eddy says on page 547 of Science and Health: "The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained. ... It is this spiritual perception of Scripture, which lifts humanity out of disease and death and inspires faith."

Enduring Work
January 12, 1918

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