It is not unusual to hear from inquirers the comment that "of course among Christian Scientists, as among members of other denominations, one must expect to meet with diverse interpretations of the truth, since people never all think alike." Such an utterance from a clergyman caused one who heard it to remember that among Christian Scientists he had found no such diversities of opinion; they were all striving to follow Principle, and necessarily arrived at similar conclusions. Individual needs and experiences might differ, but there was no essential difference as to the application of Principle in each case. One does not find opposing statements among mathematicians, then why expect them among students of Christian Science? The pathway of true science must always be straight and narrow, admitting of no divergences.

Our Leader's recognition of God as divine Principle unifies the thoughts and actions of those who understand Principle, as no human organizations or anthropomorphic sense of God could do, and this unity led naturally to the acceptance of the Bible and the Christian Science text-book as the only preachers. In place of diverse views, voiced in sermons from thousands of differing preachers, each with a personal interpretation of Scripture, and tending to awaken divergent beliefs among the hearers, Christian Scientists have their Lesson-Sermon with its explanation of Truth, "uncontaminated and unfettered by human hypotheses." (See explanatory note in The Christian Science Quarterly.)

During the week this Lesson-Sermon is studied in the home in preparation for its perfect reception on the Sabbath; and thus all Christian Scientists are found "with one accord in one place," divine Mind, in an upper chamber of thought. They have come naturally into the expression of unity, studying the same Scripture, eating of the same spiritual bread and partaking of the same spiritual drink (inspiration); and thus, in a most interesting sense, they are fulfilling Christ Jesus' prayer "that they all may be one."

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July 27, 1912

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