Man's Native Element

Among the many testimonies to the healing power of Truth which are given in our periodicals, or at the Wednesday meetings, the greater number contain expressions of thankfulness for the illumination of the Scriptures which comes with the study of Science and Health. The Master's words, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life," are literally and most earnestly heeded by Christian Scientists, who know that in the spiritual sense of the Word they indeed find life eternal. No longer does the reproach apply to them, "Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life." Through Christian Science they have come to know that in Christ, Truth they must find life, or find it not at all.

When Jesus called his first disciples to leave their boats and their nets, he said, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Now it is quite likely that they were puzzled as to what this might mean. They knew what it meant to the fishes to be taken out of their native element, but before long they were to learn how mortals could be taken out of what they believed to be man's native element; namely, materiality, in order to gain the true sense of Life. Matthew's statement of what followed the call of the fishermen is very significant. He says that, in company with these disciples, the Master went about, teaching, preaching, "and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease." Later, he said to them, "Whosoever will save his life shall lose it;" showing that the true sense of Life could only be gained by coming out of the false.

When the truth is first brought home to the average thinker he is as much startled at the thought of giving up his material remedies and supports as if they were his

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The Board of Lectureship
March 3, 1906

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