Turning to the Gentiles

There is nothing the human mind so much enjoys as continuing in a rut. The reason is simple. It requires energy to get out of a rut, and energy is what the human mind is essentially lacking in. Real energy is a manifestation of Spirit, whilst the condition of the human mind is necessarily one of sensuality. It was just this idea that the writer of Genesis was endeavoring to bring out when he said of the serpent, or personified materiality, "I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." Mrs. Eddy, in one of those flashes of inspiration which illuminate the spiritual meaning of the Bible all through her writings, makes the meaning of this more than clear in her comment on the passage, on page 534 of Science and Health: "This prophecy has been fulfilled. The Son of the Virgin-mother unfolded the remedy for Adam, or error; and the Apostle Paul explains this warfare between the idea of divine power, which Jesus presented, and mythological material intelligence called energy and opposed to Spirit."

The whole of history bears out Mrs. Eddy's explanation. From the time of the earliest records down to the records of to-day, it is a history of human drifting. Here and there a stronger swimmer reaches out from the drifters, but the drifters, as a rule, immediately bend their so-called energies to overwhelming him. They have one common objurgation: Why art thou come hither to disturb us before our time? The whole history of Christian Church, to take a single example, is the history of reformer following reformer, for the most part without any considerable success. Stephen Harding, Francis of Assisi, Wycliffe, what thanks or what support did they get for their efforts? Luther and Knox did meet with a larger measure of success, but their followers promptly passed in turn into the rut, so that the whole history of religion becomes the history of the persecuted turned persecutor.

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