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HERBERT A. HUTCHINSON
The Master constantly used the word "light" in the spiritual sense in his teachings, when endeavoring to raise the thoughts of his disciples, and all who heard him, heavenward. The l2th chapter of John's Gospel contains this saying of Jesus: "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness." We of this age cannot be grateful enough that the light of Truth, of Spirit, has again dawned in consciousness, and for this our gratitude goes out to our best human friend, Mrs. Eddy, for "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and for all her labors for mankind. Across the rage and fury of mortal thought, lashed and stirred to its depths by the winds of Truth, the clear, steady light of Christian Science shines out as a beacon, and through the roar and hurricane of the clash of human beliefs and wills, come the tender tones of the voice, saying as of old, "Peace, be still."
It is in the book of Revelation that we get the full sense of light. John, the beloved disciple, our "brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ," has lifted the veil of human beliefs, and whoever has seen the light can get a vision, however slight, of that state in which mortal error will have flickered out, and eternal harmony reign. From the beginning to the end of this book the scenes bring to the reader a sense of transcendent light, light far beyond the ken of mortal sense; and yet our present sense of spiritual light, as proved by our comparatively feeble demonstrations of the Christ-power, can only be as the glint of starlight compared to the sun shining "in his strength."
The wonderful chapter on the Apocalypse in Science and Health helps our thought and raises us clearer in comprehension. When the continual repetition of the mutterings and babble of the lies of the Adam-dream wearies one, it is a welcome relief to turn to the contemplation of the mental scenes portrayed in Revelation, when "the accuser of our brethren is cast down" and the earth-mists have disappeared. Then thought rises to a glimpse of the real, the eternal consciousness of divine Love, typified by that heavenly city which "had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof."
Christian Science Sentinel, June 11, 1910
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