It is becoming more and more apparent to careful students of Christian Science that the Lesson-Sermons give practical answer to all important questions which present themselves to the sincere seeker for truth. Any difficulties in the way of understanding the Scriptures in their spiritual sense arise from the dense material beliefs concerning God and man, which in many cases cling to the student of Christian Science in an unsuspected manner after he has accepted Christian Science as a whole. It is safe to say that the simplest statement of the basic truth of Christian Science, if applied faithfully to the problems of each day would enable one to advance for years and make steady progress all the while. In addition to the "scientific statement of being," on page 468 of Science and Health we have in this text-book almost infinite possibilities presented to us in the application of the truth to the widely differing and constantly changing problems of human experience, and the progressive student gladly avails himself of the instructions and rules thus given. No one who honestly strives to obey the divine Principle of Christian Science by putting into practice the truth he knows will fail to find daily and hourly returns from his work, in health of mind and body as well as improved conditions generally.

The one who complains that the truth is "an hard master" is usually held back by a tendency to theorize, and to attempt, perhaps unconsciously, to reconcile the statements of Science with theological opinions previously entertained, but if the Lesson-Sermons are carefully studied it will be found that a wonderful light is thrown upon many passages of Scripture which formerly seemed obscure or contradictory, and while it is very likely that some may gather a richer harvest from these Lessons than do others, all will surely glean some truth and apply it to the needs of each day. As this is done the eyes of our understanding are opened, to use St. Paul's words, and we are ready to gather in the untold riches of spiritual being.

It is seldom wise to seek explanations from others, or to attempt to convince by argument those who cling to a material sense of things. Each must learn for himself to think rightly and live rightly and no one can ever deprive us of the privilege. There is no part of the Bible which may not be understood in Science, but not all are ready to see or explain the deeper meaning at this time; however, we would again say, that all we require for our present spiritual need is abundantly supplied. It is a positive joy to know that the infinite treasures of the Bible are being opened up to us as we learn better how to use the "Key" promised so long ago, and provided in this age.

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September 7, 1907

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