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This article was later republished in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany: My. 238:2-240:4

Question. Will the Bible, if read and practised, heal as effectually as your Book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures"? C. S. Bean, Ossipee, N. H.

Just the degree of comparison between the effects produced by reading the above named books can only be determined by personal proof. To rightly read, and to practise the Scriptures, the spiritual sense thereof must be discerned, understood, and demonstrated. God, being Spirit, His language and meaning are wholly spiritual. Uninspired knowledge of the translations of the Scriptures has imparted little power to practise the Word. Hence the revelation, discovery, and rendition of Christian Science—the Christ Science or new tongue whereof St. Mark prophesied—became requisite in the divine order. On the swift pinions of spiritual thought man rises above the letter, law, or morale of the inspired Word to the spirit of Truth, whereby the Science is reached that demonstrates God. When the Bible is thus read and practised, there is no possibility of misinterpretation. God is understood, knowable, and applicable to every human need. Herein is the proof that Christian Science is Science, for it demonstrates Life, not death, health, not disease, Truth, not error, Love, not hate. The Science of the Scriptures coexists with God; and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" relegates Christianity to its primitive proof, wherein reason, revelation, the divine Principle, rules, and practice of Christianity acquaint the student with God. In the ratio that Christian Science is studied and understood, mankind will, as aforetime, imbibe the spirit and prove the practicality, validity, and redemptive power of Christianity, healing all manner of diseases, sin, and death.

February 23, 1899
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