Christian Science is preeminently a religion of profound thought and deep spiritual understanding. At the same time it is intensely practical, its beneficent influences being adapted to every human need. Much is heard and read of the "metaphysics" of Christian Science, but more in evidence to the world in general are its wonderful demonstrations of all manner of healing.

To maintain a constant growth in grace, Christian Scientists find it necessary to be persistent and conscientious students of the Bible, with the aid of their text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and Mrs. Eddy's other writings, and that it is equally important for them to reflect or transmute their understanding of divine Truth in example and deeds. Jesus, the original exponent of Christian Science, during his ministry never ceased to emphasize the practical side of his message. He showed by precept and example that the higher attainments proceed from going about and everywhere doing good, which in the broadest sense means the healing work. The practise of Christian Science is what truly defines a Christian Scientist, and Mrs. Eddy tells us that "when man demonstrates Christian Science absolutely, he will be perfect" (Science and Health, p. 372).

An oft-used and certainly an appropriate illustration with Jesus, when bent on bringing his disciples to a recognition of their responsibility, was light. He told them that they were "the light of the world," warned them that this light must not be hidden, and exhorted them to let it so shine that all about them might have opportunity to share its effulgence. The apostles in their preaching and epistles repeated the lessons received by them, in order that those of the new way won by them might for their own spiritual growth and the good of their fellows be doers or exemplifiers of the word. Paul, the metaphysician among the first heralds of the "good news," was second to none in exhorting those whom he addressed to put into daily practise the truths which had been taught them. The words of the caption of this article are found in his letter to Titus, whom he directs to counsel those who have apprehended Christ to "be ready to every good work."

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October 26, 1912

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