A New Heaven and Earth

While still in the flesh, John attained a degree of spiritual consciousness which enabled him to glimpse "a new heaven and a new earth." That was not the first time such an occurrence had happened. Indeed, the accounts of such instances are so frequent in the Bible as to assure the reader that growth in spiritual understanding has always raised men from contemplation of the material unreal to apprehension of eternal Truth.

Like Elisha's servant, a student of Christian Science had long been waiting for some prophet in Israel to come and open his eyes to the surrounding horses and chariots of fire; but no seer appeared. Then, one day, when reading the weekly Lesson-Sermon as given in the Christian Science Quarterly, he had an experience common to all persistent inquirers. A passage in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, which he had perused many times without especial interest, suddenly stood out with a new significance. This passage, which occurs on page 306, declares, "The myriad forms of mortal thought, made manifest as matter, are not more distinct nor real to the material senses than are the Soul-created forms to spiritual sense, which cognizes Life as permanent."

June 27, 1925

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