If Christian Science is the scientific interpretation of the...

Manchester (N. H.) Mirror

If Christian Science is the scientific interpretation of the teachings of Jesus, its future needs no particular human personality to keep it true or to bring it before the world. The only function of a church under such circumstances is to assist and provide the practical means by which this truth shall be properly brought to the apprehension of mankind in its practical and not merely theoretical aspect. The claim that this will not be properly done unless you or I are chosen to be at the head of it as the leader, would without doubt be taken as an evidence against us and prove our unfitness. In his third epistle, John writes concerning one such, by name Diotrephes, who he says "loveth to have the preeminence."

From the Christian Science point of view, religion is something that every man may understand for himself. No one can work it out for another. Every one has his own spiritual consciousness to cultivate through the study and application of Jesus' teachigs respecting the existence, nature, and attributes of God, and his own stability of character to build up from this basis. In the very natrue of the case, one who has not taken Mrs. Eddy's explanation of what God is, and made that his ideal and guide to daily living, will not understand what is meant when Christian Scientists say that the Christian religion does not rest on personality but is a fixed Principle to which all men have free access and cannot be monopolized by any person or organization. The Bible with Mrs. Eddy's great expostion or commentary thereon, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," will if studied make this point clear.

March 2, 1912
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