IN Science and Health, page 19, Mrs. Eddy writes, "Jesus aided in reconciling man to God by giving man a truer sense of Love, the divine Principle of Jesus' teachings, and this truer sense of Love redeems man from the law of matter, sin, and death by the law of Spirit,—the law of divine Love."
This statement was brought clearly to the thought of the writer by an experience which called for a visit to a prison on a beautiful morning early in the summer. Sunshine flooded the earth with a warm light; the fragrance of flowers and the songs of birds filled the air with sweetness and harmony; joy and freedom seemed everywhere about us. The prison, a large stone building with heavily barred windows and a general aspect of gloom, stood out in sharp contrast to the unfettered sunshine and air of good-fellowship manifested in the growth and activity in the hills and fields near-by.
The entrance to this cheerless home through the inner doors of what appeared to be a huge iron cage, did not offer anything more inviting than a series of more cages and more grated doors. After the last of these gratings had clanged together, leaving all the brightness far behind us, there came a sense of loneliness and fear. Then we remembered how frequently in the Bible we find promises of freedom, which would "bring out the prisoners from the prison" at the coming of the Messiah.