"Look up"

Christ Jesus clearly understood the nature of evil and its hatred of Truth, and on occasion told his followers of some of the forms it would assume and what arguments it would use in order to deceive mankind. In foretelling the destruction of the temple he said, "There shall be ... upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth." Nevertheless, because of his firm knowledge of the all-power and love of God, he said, "When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."

Those instructed concerning spiritual reality, as revealed in Mary Baker Eddy's epochal discovery, Christian Science, appreciate the spiritual import of Jesus' words, and, obedient to his direction, are quietly, but definitely and consistently, endeavoring to "look up," above the mystifying and misinforming evidences of material sense, with its arguments of life in and of matter, and to behold the might and majesty of God and His spiritual creation.

From a merely material standpoint the situation throughout the world today seems grave indeed. Greed, intolerance, mad ambition, and kindred errors are making fearsome claims of power to overthrow Godlike qualities, such as love, justice, freedom, and equity. If one were to accept the evidences before the sense as conclusive, human life would seem to be precarious and the desirability for its continuance debatable, but Jesus said to "look up." His followers must, then, look up to reality, up to God, whose Word alone is truth.

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Our Duty
February 21, 1942

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