ELEMENTS OF GROWTH

Some movements owe their success to argument based along the common material lines of reasoning, but it has been otherwise with the advance of Christian Science. The most clearly stated arguments have often left some opponent only the more closely intrenched against spiritual truth. When Philip said to Nathanael, "We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth," he was met by the incredulous reply, "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth." Here was an invitation to argue, but Philip, a good judge of human nature, merely said, "Come and see."

Now as then, the healing, enlightening, and saving truth appeals to men on the ground of results accomplished. Having come, Nathanael dismissed his doubts. The key to his real character is seen in the words of Jesus. "Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile." Are not these words suggestive of one important element of growth, viz., receptivity? The healthy plant is proof that good seed found lodgment in good soil. So the unprejudiced, sincere, and open mind has ever proved to be right soil for the teaching of Christian Science. When we are in the right attitude toward God, the truth flows to us unobstructed.

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