The Holy Scriptures

In the early days of the Christian Science movement the baseless criticism was often heard that Mrs. Eddy's teachings had turned people away from the Bible. Nothing could be farther from the fact than such an assumption, for instead of such a condition resulting from the healing work of Christian Science, people who had never before cared to read the Bible devoted all their spare time to its study, and this is now very generally known. There is, however, another point to be considered, namely, that in their eagerness to know more of the Bible and to gain help therefrom, there has been a tendency to seek information from others who were more or less advanced in the understanding of this Science and thus to depend to some extent upon personal opinion instead of the inspiration which gave to the world the Scriptures, where we find enshrined the holiest experiences of Truth-seekers in all ages, many of whom rose in large measure to the realization of the Beatitude, "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."

On page 317 of "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy says: "Scarcely a moiety, compared with the whole of the Scriptures and the Christian Science textbook, is yet assimilated spiritually by the most faithful seekers; yet this assimilation is indispensable to the progress of every Christian Scientist." So rich is the Bible in spiritual truth that we can go to it again and again and take from its teachings and from the experiences of the holy men of old as much of the pure gold of inspiration as we are prepared to receive; and when we go again, after having put into practice the truth thus gained, we find even more of the truth whose price is "above rubies."

Lecture in The Mother Church
September 28, 1918

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