Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
To prevent all unpleasant and unchristian action — as we drift, by right of God’s dear love, into more spiritual 6lines of life — let each society of practitioners, the matter-physicians and the metaphysicians, agree to disagree, and then patiently wait on God to decide, as surely He will, 9which is the true system of medicine.
Do we not see in the commonly accepted teachings of the day, the Christ-idea mingled with the teachings of John 12the Baptist? or, rather, Are not the last eighteen centuries but the footsteps of Truth being baptized of John, and com‐ing up straightway out of the ceremonial (or ritualistic) 15waters to receive the benediction of an honored Father, and afterwards to go up into the wilderness, in order to over‐come mortal sense, before it shall go forth into all the cities 18and towns of Judea, or see many of the people from beyond Jordan? Now, if all this be a fair or correct view of this question, why does not John hear this voice, or see the 21dove, — or has not Truth yet reached the shore?
Every individual character, like the individual John the Baptist, at some date must cry in the desert of 24earthly joy; and his voice be heard divinely and humanly. In the desolation of human understanding, divine Love hears and answers the human call for help; 27and the voice of Truth utters the divine verities of being which deliver mortals out of the depths of ignorance and vice. This is the Father’s benediction. It gives 30lessons to human life, guides the understanding, peoples 82 82:1the mind with spiritual ideas, reconstructs the Judean religion, and reveals God and man as the Principle and 3idea of all good.
Understanding this fact in Christian Science, brings the peace symbolized by a dove; and this peace floweth 6as a river into a shoreless eternity. He who knew the foretelling Truth, beheld the forthcoming Truth, as it came up out of the baptism of Spirit, to enlighten and 9redeem mortals. Such Christians as John cognize the symbols of God, reach the sure foundations of time, stand upon the shore of eternity, and grasp and gather — in all 12glory — what eye hath not seen.