The Beginner in Christian Science

THE beginner in Christian Science is one who has just begun to understand something about divine Principle, about the truth revealed by Mrs. Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." He has heard, perhaps, of the healing of some one he knows from sickness or from evil habits through Christian Science, and this has induced him to take up the study of this subject "to see if there be any truth in it," as he may put it to himself. One has only to reflect where the majority of people stand with regard to spiritual issues when Christian Science is first presented to them, to form some slight notion of the variety of problems brought before a Christian Science practitioner by such as come for treatment. Up to this point matter has been very real to them; sickness they have believed to be the inevitable effect of material law; the passions which surge, at times like a tempest, through the human mind, they have considered to be real states of consciousness; while truth has been to them almost altogether, if not wholly, an enigma.

On page 275 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy has stated the mental attitude required of the beginner: "To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is. Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, combine as one,—and are the Scriptural names for God."

From Day to Day
October 18, 1919

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