FIDELITY TO GOD'S WORD

Our theme at once suggests a discrimination between the mere letter of the Word and the spiritual teaching therein contained. There is much significance in the words that are read in all Christian Science churches every Sunday: "The Bible and the Christian Science text-book are our only preachers." To those who attend these services from curiosity, or some other common motive, the question arises, Why this contrast with forms used in other churches? At least, why should there not be some address based upon a text of Scripture and relating to the topics of the day or to matters of public interest?

The answer is obvious: When a sermon is made to consist of selections from the Bible and explanations of their spiritual import, the thoughts of the hearer are held closely to Truth, and with corresponding benefit. So also silent prayer, followed by the audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer, brings us much nearer to God than when a variety of themes are uttered in petition, though with good intentions. Mrs. Eddy has said: "Audible prayer is impressive: it gives momentary solemnity and elevation to thought. But does it produce any lasting benefit? Looking deeply into these things, we find that 'a zeal ... not according to knowledge,' gives occasion for reaction unfavorable to spiritual growth, sober resolve, and wholesome perception of God's requirements. The motives for verbal prayer may embrace too much love of applause to induce or encourage Christian sentiment" (Science and Health, p. 7).

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