Throughout Mrs. Eddy's writings we find references to Jesus' Sermon on the Mount which show that she regarded it as basic scientific Christianity, and in the light of Christian Science we discover in this marvelous sermon rules which are of vital importance in the working out of our problems, whether these deal with the healing of sickness or the demonstration of harmony on any other plane of human experience. It should be very clear that we can never advance in any true sense if we rest upon the mere belief that we are safe because we are possibly members of a church, the Christian Science or some other, that we accept unquestioningly the teachings of the Bible, and, if we are Christian Scientists, of Science and Health as well. To be faithful and consistent we must study the rules for Christian living and apply them without reserve in all our human problems.

On page 271 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy says: "When the Science of Christianity appears, it will lead you into all truth. The Sermon on the Mount is the essence of this Science, and the eternal life, not the death of Jesus, is its outcome." From these statements by our revered Leader we should see the necessity for laying hold upon eternal life as we read and ponder the words of the Master, found in the fifth, sixth, and seventh chapters of Matthew's gospel, especially what are know as the beatitudes, which lift thought above a mortal and material sense of existence up to the spiritual and perfect. As we read, "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for their's is the kingdom of heaven," we are apt to shrink from applying these words to ourselves, preferring to relate them to the martyrs of olden time, but we are urged forward by the note of personal appeal,—"Blessed are ye"!

August 16, 1913

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