The beginner in Christian Science is sometimes startled when he finds statements in the Bible which parallel those of the Christian Science text-book, but which he had never understood until he began to study the latter. An inquirer who attended a Christian Science service and listened to the reading of the eighth chapter of Romans, remarked at the close, "I see you have a new version of the Bible, arranged to harmonize with Mrs. Eddy's teachings." He was much surprised when told that he had been listening to the reading of the good old authorized version, as he took pains to discover, and yet, he said, it sounded quite different. His attention was then called to St. Paul's words (I Cor. ii, 12,13): "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual."

From the very start the student of Christian Science learns to look away from material things to spiritual realities, and in so doing he finds health, holiness, happiness. If he has been ill, he awakens to the fact that he had not been following Paul's advice in respect to claiming "the things that are freely given to us of God," or in "comparing spiritual things with spiritual," but that he has on the contrary been accepting material evidence as to lost health, and been comparing himself with all material, perishable things, and as subject to the law of sin and death. The upward trend of thought when spiritual being is once recognized in Christian Science cannot be estimated by those who insist upon holding to the belief in man and the universe as material, and the permanence of this new mental state is assured for those who adhere unwaveringly to the Science of being and are not swayed by the winds and tides of personal sense or mere religious emotion.

July 15, 1911

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