Right Education

One night as I was reading the passage in Science and Health (p. 235) where Mrs. Eddy says, "It is not so much academic education, as a moral and spiritual culture, which lifts one higher," the word education specially impressed me. As I was thinking about it, I began to realize how many people wanted education, how many needed it although they did not want it, and how many thought they had it yet were so far from it; in fact, how twisted and warped its meaning had become from a mortal standpoint.

Then I went back to Jesus and his life, and thought of how he inspired others to learn of him while they were journeying from sense to Soul. His life was a perpetual education to all with whom he came in contact. Whatever he did, he lifted the situation out of matter into Mind, for the basis of his work was inspiration. Jesus educated the sick out of their false belief that they lived in a discordant body, to the facts of Mind, the truth of being. He fed the multitude, educating them out of their belief of poverty and lack. Those burdened with the cares of this world eagerly heard the call, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Learned philosophers, filled with a false sense of learning, with the pride of intellectuality based on human opinions, were taught the greatness of meekness and simplicity. Himself filled with wisdom, he inspired all mankind, even from the little children to the wise men in the temple, with a willingness to receive the truth. Jesus was the greatest educator in his age, and Christian Science is today carrying forward this education, because it is the "Spirit of truth" which he prophesied should come.

From this my thought turned to the Educational Building I visited while at the recent San Francisco exposition. We had searched for some time, looking for the booth where Christian Science literature was displayed, when my eyes fell upon the different surrounding names under the head of "Education;" but upon examination these names all stood for systems which would turn one to matter instead of to Spirit, God. Finally we came to the section where Christian Science literature was displayed, and where every passer-by who willingly stopped might inquire, and also learn something of God, good. In a case was the text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, the Bible, and the Quarterly, the latter being opened to a section of the Lesson-Sermon for the week.

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Rejecting the Lie
December 30, 1916

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