One who has traveled in foreign lands where he is unable to speak the prevailing language, keenly appreciates the value of an interpreter. If in distress, it is only through an interpreter that he can find relief. When he is hungry, through this helper he is provided with food. When he has lost his way, the interpreter points out the true path home.

Thus, too, mortal man, far from the Father's house, is in need of a guide and interpreter, "one who explains and makes clear," and Christian Science teaches that Christ Jesus is this "best interpreter of man's needs" (Science and Health, p. 170). Mankind had forgotten the language of Spirit, and he came so to explain God that they might hear His voice and trustingly know Him as "our Father which art in heaven." Mortal man was far from home, and the Master became to him the way of life. He was starving for the "bread from heaven," and Jesus so presented spiritual truth to him that he was able to feed upon this heavenly manna. Mentally equipped with an understanding of the absolute all-power and all-presence of God, good, he overcame, and taught others to overcome, every phase of evil.

In our own day, mortals had again forgotten the true meaning of Life as taught by the "man of Galilee," and Mrs. Eddy became the interpreter of his teaching to this age. Her explanations of the Bible are so plain to those who read them aright, that the Scriptures have become a handbook on right living. She has so interpreted God to men that through a correct understanding of Him, He becomes available for every human need. She is the spiritual expounder of the life and teachings of the Master, so that to a great multitude he has become "the way, the truth, and the life," as he positively declared himself to be. The text-book of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," contains a clear explanation of God and the spiritual universe, by means of which all who rightly apprehend it are enabled to become interpreters of a loving God and the healing Christ to their fellow men. Thus the earnest student may individually apply the teachings of Christ Jesus to human problems, and realizing the allness of God, come logically to discern the perfection of man as God's likeness.

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The Demands of Truth
June 13, 1914

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