In the Glossary to "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the textbook of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy defines "angels," on page 581, as "God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality."

What a revelation of peace and comfort is found in these words as one catches their message and feels the touch of angel thoughts soaring above the din of mortal sense! And what a contrast to the beliefs about angels that many of us may vaguely have entertained! Mere fanciful images we believed them to be, which could impart nothing more satisfactory to thought than a passing glimpse of external loveliness, yet, as symbols of purity and love, dear to the heart craving the essence of Truth.

Mrs. Eddy further elucidates the nature of angels on page 309 of Science and Health, when she says of Jacob's desire to know the name of the angel, "This appellation was withheld, for the messenger was not a corporeal being, but a nameless, incorporeal impartation of divine Love to man, which, to use the word of the Psalmist, restored his Soul,—gave him the spiritual sense of being and rebuked his material sense."

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