Spurious Literature

Many friends who have become interested in Christian Science having previously read spurious literature on the subject, find it a great stumbling-block when asked to read nothing but the authorized literature. They immediately question it, and see no reason why the beautifully worded phrases they have been reading should be considered useless to their growth in grace. I have been asked to explain the difference many times, and I wish to suggest one of the points which has proven to be most helpful in showing. the difference, and in pointing out why such literature is hurtful.

Being completely unfamiliar with such literature myself, save as inquiring friends have made plain what they have gleaned therefrom, my answers do not by any means completely cover the question, but surely reading Science and Health will, if we search faithfully.

In the first place, the readers of spurious literature usually have trouble in seeing that there is any difference between human and divine Mind. They have so often had statements of universal truth poured into thought without first separating and purifying the mortal mind that they have never stopped to question, and it all sounds alike to them. In other words, they pour this new wine (if it is wine) into old and often vile bottles, and go on their way rejoicing, being entirely deceived as to what is Truth.

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Familiar Texts Explained
October 5, 1899

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