The Word Illumined

A very significant feature of the testimonies given by Christian Scientists in our periodicals and in our experience meetings is the frequent reference to the illumination of the Scriptures which always attends the study of our text-book.

Some years ago a prominent clergyman who warning his hearers against Christian Science, said that one of its great dangers lay in the success which it had in interesting people in the study of the Bible. Another clergyman once attended an experience meeting for the purpose, as he frankly admitted, of finding in the service something that would justify him in his condemnation of this religion. He was deeply impressed by the silent prayer, as well as by the fervent manner in which all joined in the Lord's Prayer, but most of all by the reading of the Bible, and the references made to it by those who testified of their healing, and of the wonderful light thrown upon the Scriptures through the study of Science and Health. The selection read was from 2 Kings, 4, the story of the raising of the Shunammite woman's child. The Reader was not aware of the clergyman's presence, but read some very forceful passages from the text-book, one of which was this, "He [Jesus] restored Lazarus by the understanding that he had never died, not by an admission that his body had died, and then lived again" (Science and Health, p. 75).

Ideals and their Attainment
February 6, 1904

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