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Metaphors, analogies, and spiritual reality

From the July 20, 2015 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

After Jesus walked to Emmaus with two of his disciples, following his resurrection, it is recorded that “they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” ( Luke 24:32 ). What exactly was this burning? Surely it was the devotion Jesus’ life had kindled and the deep effect the Master’s ideas had had on the way they viewed the world.