The people with whom the true idea of God originated believed in prophecy. The people among whom this idea developed from Moses to Christ Jesus believed that holy persons could receive and deliver authentic messages from God to men. As the prophet Amos said, "The Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?" (Amos 3:8.) Christ Jesus delivered prophecies, he spoke of himself as a prophet, and he appropriated the Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament as referring to himself. See John 5:39; Luke 24:25–27. Evidently, they strengthened him during crucial hours, particularly at the time of his final test.

Since prophecy is an actual possibility, it must have a scientific explanation. There is no mystery in Truth's universe. So, Mrs. Eddy has given this explanation as follows: "When sufficiently advanced in Science to be in harmony with the truth of being, men become seers and prophets involuntarily, controlled not by demons, spirits, or demigods, but by the one Spirit. It is the prerogative of the ever-present, divine Mind, and of thought which is in rapport with this Mind, to know the past, the present, and the future" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 84).

"The parent Mind"
April 11, 1931

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