"Understood spiritually"

In Science and Health (p. 547) Mrs. Eddy writes: "The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained." A student of Christian Science once asked her teacher how she could be sure her understanding or interpretation of the Scriptures was correct. His reply was, "Prove it by demonstration."

This student sat one day in deep thought. One whom she loved lay in the next room with aching head and burning brow. She earnestly sought divine guidance and help, but conflicting and confusing thoughts persisted in presenting themselves to her. Why had she not been able to protect her household against this intruding evil? Was it her fault that she had not made her own the promise that "there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling"? Perhaps the fault was not with herself after all; it might be that the sufferer had neglected to do his mental work aright. While attempting to pray, she was admitting to her thought a continual round of questions, not one of which seemed to bring her near the solution of her problem. She opened the Bible to the ninth chapter of John, and read again the account of the healing by Jesus of the man born blind. His disciples asked him, "Who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered: "Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work."

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