Our Dependence

Original Christianity as taught by Christ Jesus included a perfect ideal for Christian endeavor. He expressed it in these words: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Christian Science emphasizes this idea, shows how it can be put into practice, and points to the life-work of the Master as constituting a perfect example.

In the course of Mrs. Eddy's writing on this subject she has given warning of a persistent temptation: "Do you not hear from all mankind of the imperfect model? The world is holding it before your gaze continually" (Science and Health, p. 248). These words are extensive enough to warn us against copying the imperfections in one another. As students of Christian Science who have not yet attained perfection in practice, we have need to beware of accepting others as models. In that unique code of law, manual of instruction, and charter of rights, our Church Manual, we find this rule of action : "He who dated the Christian era is the Ensample in Christian Science" (Art. VIII, Sect. 3). Therefore for a Scientist to gage his demonstration of Science by that of any other person, or by the average accomplishment of the Scientists whom he happens to know, might tend to limit his success.

"Hold fast that which is good"
October 16, 1915

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