The Eternal Noon of Manhood

At noon the sun appears to shine with greatest warmth and brilliance. Shadows shorten or disappear. But presently the sun descends in the sky. Its warmth and light appear to fade, the shadows return, and night comes as the sun disappears beyond the horizon. In actuality, however, the sun is always at the fullness of noontime brilliance and warmth; it has not moved or changed, ascended or descended, but remains invariable.

How symbolic the sun is of the glorious, unchanging nature of God! In his Epistle, James referred to God as "the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (1:17), and John declared (I John 1: 5), "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all."

If God in His allness is ever-radiant light, the source of invariable, ever-present good, then it logically follows in Christian Science that man, His image and likeness, must dwell in and be the perfect expression of the unchanging, unending goodness which is God. The Apostle Paul positively identified man thus (I Thess. 5:5): "Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness."Here are revealed the eternal facts of Life and all the glorious possibilities of man —his agelessness, deathlessness, timelessness.

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"Comfort's art"
March 13, 1965

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