QUESTIONS HARD TO BE UNDERSTOOD

The student approaches the subject of Christian Science somewhat differently from other things that may engage his attention. In acquiring a knowledge of mathematics, music, or any other branch of science, he is seldom hampered by prejudices or antagonistic opinions concerning what he may be taught; while towards Christian Science he stands, as a rule, in the more difficult position of having already, in a manner, been taught regarding the truths it elucidates, and of having formed a concept of God, of His creation and laws, in accord with this education. In entering upon the study or the investigation of Christian Science, it is but natural that he attempts to follow the line of his former beliefs, until he finds that the new and the old will not assimilate, and that this "new wine" threatens to break the "old bottles" into which he fain would pour it. It is at this point that he sometimes begins to question the conclusions of Christian Science, and to demand of its adherents the how and the why of those spiritual truths which relate to God's infinitude, and which cannot be explained or understood from any material standpoint.

The failure to adjust the statements of Science and Health, the Christian Science text-book, to human material hypotheses, or to harmonize them with the opinions of men, should not repulse or disappoint the seeker after Truth, since it should be evident to him that deductions from spiritual premises cannot be made to agree with material observations. The failure of past teachings, although adhered to for many years, to give him a demonstrable knowledge of God, should forestall discouragement if he may not at once grasp the full meaning of Christian Science. Scientific truths must be understood through demonstration. and cannot possibly be reasoned into one's comprehension by any intellectual method. One of the wisest sayings of our Master was that we must become as little children to enter into the kingdom of God; that is, to enter into the knowledge and utilization of the eternal fact of Divine sovereignty; and Christian Science does not point to any broader or easier way.

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