Application and Interpretation

Students of Christian Science from their earliest experience in its healing work begin to discover new and more spiritual meanings in the Scriptures, and in their gladness at finding these they are apt to venture beyond their depth and to give out statements of truth which they have not proved. Even in the work in the Sunday school the questions of the pupils ofttimes lead the teacher to give interpretations for which the scholars are not ready, and yet the desire on the part of teacher and scholar alike is to gain clearer and broader views of the Scriptures. This in itself is entirely commendable, whether it refers to the work of older or younger students of Christian Science; but there is one very important consideration which should never be lost sight of, namely, the need for a practical application of all the truth which we perceive. It may in fact be said that application of the inspired Word precedes its verbal interpretation.

On page 272 of Science and Health our dear Leader says, "The divine Principle of the universe must interpret the universe." On this basis we may also say that the divine Principle of the Decalogue must interpret each part of it for us; and it rests with us, whether we are old or young, to apply the truth as we recognize it. To illustrate, the eighth commandment says, "Thou shalt not steal." This commandment is really protective rather than prohibitive, and at once gives assurance to the Christian Scientist that mortal mind cannot rob him of health, happiness, or life, cannot take from him anything that God bestows upon His child. A very important consideration at this point is to know that our own obedience to this divine command will fit us for applying it ever more broadly at all times and under all circumstances, and thus realizing the limitlessness of divine law.

The Lamb of God
June 2, 1917

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