To be a modern prophet

What a lot of mistakes would be avoided if we saw further ahead!

Anyone who can see rightly into the present can look perceptively ahead. When we know what is, today, and what is not, today, then we know what will be—and what will not be—in the future. Knowing what is, and what is not, is a spiritual faculty. We can cultivate it.

To believe that man is mortal is a mistake right now, and always will be. To accept that man is the expression of Spirit is correct right now. And it always will be. This truth of man comes from divine Truth, from everlasting Mind. In Science and Health, by the marginal heading "Scientific foreseeing," you'll see Mary Baker Eddy's words: "The ancient prophets gained their foresight from a spiritual, incorporeal standpoint, not by foreshadowing evil and mistaking fact for fiction,—predicting the future from a groundwork of corporeality and human belief." And a little further along, "It is the prerogative of the ever-present, divine Mind, and of thought which is in rapport with this Mind, to know the past, the present, and the future." Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 84;

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Understanding life and death
May 22, 1978

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