The Scriptures and the Business Man

A careful analysis of the published testimonies of those who have been healed by Christian Science, cannot fail to reveal the interesting fact that along with the return to harmonious conditions comes a real and unquenchable desire to study the Scriptures. This is the more noteworthy because the desire is not only experienced by those who are fortunate enough to have ample time in which to make a thorough examination of the Bible, but it also takes a firm grip of the business man. Of course, in a certain sense, it will be readily admitted that the modern business man is no different from anyone else. He has a time-honored reputation, nevertheless, for being so completely wrapped up in his calling and its multiplicity of problems, in imports and exports, politics and finance, that he has barely a moment to spare for what, with characteristic brevity, he is invariably pleased to term "religious affairs."

In certain instances the recognized Sabbath, made tolerably quiet by public consent, is known to provide him with just the opportunity for intelligent study that the week day, with its well-nigh overwhelming conditions, seemingly denies. The plain fact is that commerce and Christianity, in the opinion of most people, have nothing in common, and that before you can succeed in one, you must of necessity drop the other. When, therefore, the business man who is awaking to the understanding of Christian Science lifts from its shelf the family Bible, not with the intention of merely dusting it for the sake of appearances and then at once replacing it, but with the determination of reading it thoroughly, it is our obvious privilege to assume that he has found, and knows he has found, something of a nature that is priceless.

Now the credit for this business man's animated interest, if we have an atom of fairness about us, must be given to Christian Science. We have had precisely the same Bible at our right hand ever since we were given our first peep into the then mysterious characters of the alphabet. We have had, moreover, concordances, expositions, and original translations galore,—some wise and some otherwise, but all laboriously prepared with the object of enhancing our interest in the Book of books. It was not, however, until Mary Baker Eddy perceived the value and personally experienced the lasting triumphs of a spiritual interpretation of the Scriptures and, what is of more consequence to us all, enunciated her discovery in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" and other writings, that individuals in every walk of life, as well as the business man, began to set about the task of working out their own salvation systematically and earnestly. And a fascinating task this is, to be sure.

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Truth Recognized
October 4, 1919

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