We are sometimes asked whether the Church Manual is to be taken as a guide for the conduct of all Christian Scientists, and no better answer can be given than that in the words of our Leader: "Of this I am sure, that each Rule and By-law in this Manual will increase the spirituality of him who obeys it, invigorate his capacity to heal the sick, to comfort as mourn, and to awaken the sinner" (Christian Science Sentinel, Sept. 12, 1903).

While it is true that the mandatory operation of these Rules and By-laws is confined to the members of The Mother Church, it is also true that the Manual which contains them is a guide to all who have taken even the first step in Christian Science. Mrs. Eddy has written the following in explanation of the origin and growth of these By-laws:—

"The Rules and By-laws in the Manual of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, originated not in solemn conclave as in ancient Sanhedrim. They were not arbitrary opinions nor dictatorial demands, such as one person might impose on another. They were impelled by a power not one's own, were written at different dates, and as the occasion required. They sprang from necessity, the logic of events,—from the immediate demand for them as a help that must be supplied to maintain the dignity and defense of our Cause; hence their simple, scientific basis, and detail so requisite to demonstrate genuine Christian Science, which will do for the race what absolute doctrines destined for future generations might not accomplish" (Miscellaneous Writings. p. 148).

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November 16, 1907

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