Mortal mind dreads revelation of its unreality


[Question appearing in September, 1890 Christian Science Journal] –

Will someone give spiritual signification of the following: “But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day.” Matt. xxiv. 20. What flight is referred to, and when is the winter and the Sabbath day?

[Answer appeared in January, 1891 CS Journal:]

The winter of mortal thought is barrenness of material manifestation. The more flourishing materiality appears, the more it represents its life as the real, the more mortal mind dreads the “winter” of destruction to materiality which the coming of the Son of man, Mind, must bring.

When the aggravation of error seems to come, “the love of many shall wax cold” [Bible Lesson 7]. Truth demonstrated is not a flight from one extreme to another, but is a “firmament” to divide the waters from the waters. Desire ye that your “flight” (your turning) from matter to Spirit, be not in the absence of demonstration…. “On the Sabbath day” — the Sabbath spiritually seen; have we ever pictured it? — the Sabbath of the world! Now is the time to work, to turn from matter to Spirit.

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