"Thou shalt not steal"

Frequent mention is made in the Old Testament of the "word of the Lord," and there are numerous instances related where it was recognized as vital, obeyed with quiet confidence, used with authority, and found dynamic with power. When faithfully adhered to, it swept as a mighty, purifying wind, irresistible, dominant, supreme. In I Samuel we read, "The word of the Lord was precious in those days."

Jesus in turn brought a still deeper, clearer comprehension of the power of the word. It was said of him, "What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out." Through its operation in consciousness he raised the dead, healed all manner of sin and sickness, and rose superior to every suppositional law of matter which would have blocked his path. He it was who warned us against the false sense which would rob both God and man when he said, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

In this age Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has again awakened human consciousness to the power of God's word. In addition to the exalted vision of the prophets and the profound spiritual understanding of the Master, there has been revealed to us through the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the divine Principle and rule which elucidates the seperation between the chaff and the wheat, between the reality of Spirit and the unreality of matter, thereby opening the way by which every one who will may again listen for God's voice, admit it to consciousness, and prove its power. Through the clear instructions given in Science and Health and Mrs. Eddy's other writings, the alert watchman, or Christian Science student, is armed with the recognition that the word of Truth is pure and unadulterated, and he is thus equipped to arrest the thief of erroneous thinking in the attempt to steal ideas and the words which express them and appropriate them for the use of error.

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December 4, 1915

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