A Flood Tide of Love

"THE way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour in truth through flood-tides of Love," Mrs. Eddy tells us on page 201 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." The truth of this statement has been proved by countless numbers of human beings, but one of the first to establish it by evidence was Noah. "Noah," we are told in the sixth chapter of Genesis, "was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God." He knew, therefore, of the flood which was to come to destroy evil,—in fact was expecting it. He knew equally well, however, that only good could come from God, and so he prepared himself to receive it. When angels, God's thoughts, came to him in ever increasing clearness, he was ready to receive them, until his whole consciousness and that of his family was flooded with good.

"God is no respecter of persons," however, and so the glad tidings were brought to all the people; but they closed their ears to the message of Truth and hid behind a wall of material beliefs and pleasures. Increasing efforts on the part of Noah to share this abundant supply of good only increased the opposition; but the "flood-tides of Love" kept on working, until at last the walls broke down. The houses built upon sand collapsed under the abundance of Truth, destroying much materiality. On and on swept the truth, cleaning out each nook and corner and demonstrating the nothingness of an opposite, until only good remained to the consciousness of Noah. Then Noah realized that, as later on the psalmist said, "the Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever."

What about the coming of the second flood? In the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew we read these words of Christ Jesus: "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." This passage is generally taken to mean that the state of the world at the second coming of the Christ, Truth, will be the same as in the time of Noah; but does it not rather say that the coming shall be the same, that another flood tide of Love shall come to the world? And is not this prophecy being fulfilled right now? Yes, through the selfless work of our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, countless numbers of men and women have been enabled to see clearly the signs of this coming. What can we do to share in it? This is clearly set forth on page 185 of "Miscellaneous Writings," where Mrs. Eddy says, "Self-renunciation of all that constitutes a so-called material man, and the acknowledgment and achievement of his spiritual identity as the child of God, is Science that opens the very flood-gates of heaven; whence good flows into every avenue of being, cleansing mortals of all uncleanness, destroying all suffering, and demonstrating the true image and likeness."

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