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Extract from a Sermon by Rev. C. H. Spurgeon

From the April 1890 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Extract from a Sermon by . Given in "Golden Rule." Text: Surely every man walketh in a vain shew. Ps. 39:6.

"If you want reality, you cannot see it; the unseen is the real. If you want a shadow, you can see it. Things which can be seen by the eye are temporal; things which are not seen are spiritual. I wish I could get you to realize that everything we can see is a shadow; and what we cannot see is the substance. Ah! Sirs; I wish you really thought this. We should not be so vexed and worried if we said: 'these are shadows.'"

Truth thus finds, continually, involuntary expression from those who deny conclusions that are inevitable from their own utterances. There is hardly a religious service of any kind, never a prayer, in which acknowledgment is not made in express terms as well as by the closing of the eyes—of the "unreality" of "this world." The vitality of every hymn is its scientific ideas. They are read and sung with a certain fervor and glow, by minister and people. Were a Scientist to rise and expound to them what, in song, sermon and prayer, has just been gone over with unction, he would be put out of the synagogue. All that lives must declare Him, consciously or unconsciously.

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