As Christian Scientists we take "the inspired Word of...

Anaheim (Cal.) Plain Dealer

As Christian Scientists we take "the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life" (Science and Health, p. 497). This does not mean a part of the Bible, but the whole. We regard the Bible from the standpoint of its own unity. In fact, it cannot well be regarded otherwise, and the Christian Scientist seeks the inspired or spiritual sense from Genesis to Revelation. His guide in this seeking is the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," by Mrs. Eddy. This book is indeed a "Key to the Scriptures," and is regarded as a commentary on the Bible. Other churches have their commentaries and Bible helps, they also have ministers to explain the Bible from the pulpit. Why, therefore, should the Christian Scientist be taken to task for having his commentary?

The Bible must be explained to be understood. It was characteristic of Jesus to explain the Scriptures, and in doing this he spoke in parables. These parables or expositions were always followed by object-lessons, or what have been regarded as miracles. Jesus said, "I am the way," and he taught his followers how to do the works he did. He also said that his followers should be known by their "fruits." Thus it is that our salvation comes through the spiritual sense of the Scriptures. It is not possible for men to know God aright through a literal reading of the Bible. It was inspiration that gave the Bible, and it must be understood in the same way in order to be of practical value.

True salvation, the Master said, is this, "that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." This knowledge frees from all the false beliefs of the carnal mind, including "temporal evils and earthly destruction." It was from sin, disease, and death that Jesus gave freedom, and we are commanded to do likewise. Does "Layman" know of a better scheme of salvation than that inaugurated by the Master?

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