Christian Science gives to prophecy new meaning. While it retains the usual sense of a prediction of future events, it bases foresight upon spiritual discernment of ever-present truths. The prophet is then seen as one who has the spiritual intuition to glimpse what the physical senses cannot take in—the allness of God and the perfection of the spiritual ideas that throng His eternal kingdom. Such prophesying connotes spiritual power that forces material views of life to disappear so that the peace and harmony of God's realm may be experienced. Thus prophesying becomes a practical spiritual capability.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy defines "prophet" in these words (p. 593): "A spiritual seer; disappearance of material sense before the conscious facts of spiritual Truth." Every Christian Scientist is a prophet in the measure of his perception of divine reality. We see the true spirit of prophecy in those who remain calm in times of inharmony or danger, for they are maintaining their vision of God's allness in the face of ugly delusions of the senses. And it is this spirit of prophecy that heals the sufferer and the sinner.

January 5, 1952

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