The Symbol of the Sun

On page 575 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy tells us, "Spiritual teaching must always be by symbols," and in this connection it is helpful to review the wealth of instruction contained in the symbol or idea of the sun. To the unillumined human mind, before the advent of the light of Christian Science, the sun typifies the source of energy and wellspring of material existence. Anciently, sun worship was a common religion, and while the twentieth century mortal prides himself on being superior to a benighted heathen, it is found on examination that belief in the reality of matter and material existence is tantamount to worshiping the sun.

Now in the Bible it is plainly stated, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me," and this me is Spirit; and again, "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." Nevertheless the majority of mankind have refused to obey the voice of Principle and give up their belief in material pleasure and pain. As the revelator of Truth to this age, Mrs. Eddy has taken the idea of the sun and translated it back into its original spiritual signification. Thus we read in the Glossary of Science and Health (p. 595): "Sun. The symbol of Soul governing man,—of Truth, Life, and Love."

The Infinite
September 25, 1920

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