"THE EVENING AND THE MORNING"

The statement that the evening in the Biblical record of God's creation (see Genesis 1) precedes the morning challenged the thought of a student of Christian Science and brought enlightenment that resulted in healing for one who was in great need. Usually when thinking of day it seems natural that it begin with morning and end with evening. But in the one and only true record of creation, the evening precedes the morning.

Mary Baker Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 504), "The successive appearing of God's ideas is represented as taking place on so many evenings and mornings,—words which indicate, in the absence of solar time, spiritually clearer views of Him, views which are not implied by material darkness and dawn." This is further clarified in the Glossary of Science and Health (p. 586), where we find "evening" defined spiritually as "peace and rest." Also on page 591 Mrs. Eddy defined "morning" as "light; symbol of Truth; revelation and progress." In Christian Science we learn that day is a spiritual idea, expressing the activity of Mind, God's unfoldment of His goodness to man and the universe.

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