Symbolic Imagery

On page 520 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy says, "Human language can repeat only an infinitesimal part of what exists." That this is a truism is especially witnessed wherever the infinite theme of absolute Truth has been treated. This inadequacy of words to describe the things of Spirit appears constantly throughout the Scriptural writings, and is one of the reasons why similitudes and metaphorical expressions are so frequently employed to convey to the disciple a clearer comprehension of the great truth of being.

Another and important reason for this is the fact that the Bible was written in ages not far remote from the days when the only form of written expression was that of picture writing, or hieroglyphics. The book of Job, which historians claim to be the oldest of books, abounds in symbol and metaphor, as do also the writings of Moses, David, and Isaiah; while the New Testament writings, although of a much later period, are likewise garlanded with the same metaphoric beauty. Indeed, nearly all of the Bible's greatest truths are thus veiled.

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