APPLYING THE TRUTH

A Truth-Seeker one day said to the writer, "I know that Christian Science is all true, but I can't seem to make it a part of myself. Instead, it stands apart from myself." As the speaker was a teacher in the public schools of one of our largest cities, it was simple for her to see a correspondence between herself and the boy in her grade who makes the remark regarding his arithmetic lesson, "I can't do it." The teacher asks, "Do you know your multiplication table?" He answers, "Yes, I do." "Then use it in your problem. Add and subtract, multiply and divide, and be sure that you do each in the right place." Even so the teacher found that she too must use this great truth of Christian Science in her daily problems. She must add (affirm) all that divine Love has created her to have, and subtract (deny) all that falsely claims a place in her consciousness. By such a method she can multiply, that is, "manifest His power" (Science and Health, p. 517), and thereby will understand how to divide the tares (material sense) from the wheat, for we learn in Christian Science that "understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal" (Ibid., p. 505).

When she found that she must love her neighbor as herself, she queried, "Don't you think it will be all right if I think a great deal of some people and let the rest go?" And again it was made plain that she was like the boy who says, "Do I have to use all of the multiplication table? Can't I use a part of it and let the rest go?" Said the apostle Paul:"Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness: that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work" (Rev. Ver.). One day discouragement almost to the state of depression tried to overcome her. As she looked over her condition of thought (problem) she found this statement: two plus seven equals ten. She asked herself, "Is this truth?" "No!" "What is it?" "A false statement (claim)." "Has it any origin, or place?" "No!" She then erased it by knowing "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth;" and became very thankful for Christian Science, which had taught her how to compare spiritual things with spiritual.

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