What God Hath Joined Together

Students of Christian Science cannot do better than to study ofttimes their Leader's statements regarding the value of the Bible as these appear throughout her writings. It is both cheering and inspiring to note the high estimate which Mrs. Eddy places upon the Scriptures, and in Section 1 of Article IV of the Manual we learn that in order to become a member of The Mother Church one must use "for self-instruction in Christian Science" the Bible and Science and Health. In Section 1 of Article XIV we find that Mrs. Eddy ordained the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" as "Pastor over The Mother Church;" and we surely cannot hold this Pastor in too great reverence, nor seek counsel therefrom too often.

In reading the Bible we find that Christ Jesus was a close student of the Scriptures. In his tremendous and decisive struggle in the wilderness, as given in the first three gospels, we find that he used the word of truth from the older Scriptures as each specific temptation presented itself; and through his understanding of this word the victory was gained. We are told that he used a statement from the ninety-first psalm respecting the ministry of angels, and again that at the close of the temptation the devil left him and "angels came and ministered unto him." It goes without saying that our Master did not depend upon the mere letter which "killeth," but upon the spiritual sense of the Word, which is always demonstrable. In the fourth chapter of Luke we are told that when he read from the prophecy of Isaiah he declared that this Scripture was being fulfilled in their midst, and that the truth therein contained could heal disease of every sort; and his ministry gave ample proof that the word of God is endowed with infinite power.

Among the Churches
August 4, 1917

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