Mary Baker Eddy

Inquirers into Christian Science are sometimes heard to say in regard to Mrs. Eddy's work for humanity, "I don't see how she did it." Is not the reason because she knew the hand of God was leading her on to the fulfillment of a prophecy indicated in Jesus' parable of the kingdom of heaven, likened by him to "leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened"? In this connection she writes on page 118 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "Did not this parable point a moral with a prophecy, foretelling the second appearing in the flesh of the Christ, Truth, hidden in sacred secrecy from the visible world?" Our Leader was further upheld by her recognition that divine Science is the Comforter of whom Jesus said that it should guide into all truth, that is, into the full and final revelation which the world was not prepared to receive in his day.

Hostility and doubt have faced prophets during their life-work on earth, and it was not otherwise in the case of Christ Jesus. Hostility faced him when the Pharisees, taking a merely personal view of him, told him that his record of himself was not true. To this accusation he replied, "Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go." He understood himself and his mission and longed for this spiritual recognition, above the human. Then again, doubt of his identity faced him when his disciples failed to recognize him after his resurrection. He reproached them with being "slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken," and then expounded to them "in all the scriptures the things concerning himself."

October 1, 1938

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