"Now is the accepted time"

There is no doubt that more people are studying the Bible to-day than ever before in the history of mankind, and this is due to the fact that people of the present generation are beginning to realize that the Bible is a storehouse of wisdom wherein the solution of all modern problems may be found, and from which healing draughts of spiritual truth are daily being drawn for the sick and sorrowing among mortals, enabling them to experience a degree of freedom and happiness unknown to many who are still driven to and fro by the winds of unbelief.

No doubt people are influenced by their educated beliefs about the Bible. Some for instance have long been accustomed to think of it merely as a collection of histories which have gradually grown into a concerted system of ethics working beneficially for the betterment of mankind. Others, more faithful, have declared it to be a divine synthesis to which God will finally set the seal of His authorship in the second coming of His Son and a final judgment day.

It may almost be said that no two people had precisely the same views concerning the Bible before they became interested in Christian Science, and that the majority were disinclined to interpret its teaching as entirely applicable to their present needs. It is the picture of a past age to them, executed with a divine touch which makes it of present value; but the fact that Christian Scientists should spend so much time in the perusal of it is to others remarkable. Christian Scientists love the Bible because they have ceased to regard it as merely a series of ethical histories written many thousands of years ago. To them it is the most up-to-date book in existence, throwing light upon every conceivable subject which confronts the world to-day, and giving first-hand information concerning the handling of every problem in modern times.

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Systematic Reading
August 23, 1919

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