Believing, then Understanding

In studying the eleventh chapter of John's Gospel, we see how clearly Jesus taught that believing comes before understanding. Christian Science teaches that believing in God is the door through which we pass to faith, and that faith becomes understanding; and that there is no other way given whereby we can be saved,—know and understand God, Mind, Spirit. Jesus said unto Martha at the grave of Lazarus, "Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?" If we are firm and constant in believing, we shall see—understand—God.

Jesus said, "Take ye away the stone." Unbelief is a stone. Not one ray of understanding was ever reflected through it. Unbelief demands, "Come down from the cross, and we will believe;" but the believing heart says, "We walk by faith, not by sight."

The Healing Truth always at Hand
July 25, 1903

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