One Method of Christian Science

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 112) Mrs. Eddy writes: "Is there more than one school of Christian Science? Christian Science is demonstrable. There can, therefore, be but one method in its teaching." On the same page she adds: "Any theory of Christian Science, which departs from what has already been stated and proved to be true, affords no foundation upon which to establish a genuine school of this Science." In these statements is defined the safety of all who approach the study of Christian Science. A perfect method alone can bring perfect results.

Suppose one approaching the study of mathematics finds it difficult to demonstrate its rules. If he is wise, he will acknowledge that his difficulty lies in his own lack of understanding of the fundamentals involved and of the rules depending thereon; he will know that the only way to become a mathematician is to study the laws governing mathematics until a sufficient understanding is attained whereby to solve the problems presented. If, instead of pursuing the safe course of effort along lines already proved correct a thousand times, he accepts what some chance one assures him is a quicker, better method, it may take long to convince him that he has been mistaken in departing from the one and only true way.

The sad fact is that a mistaken method generally has its beginning in the egotistical belief that some one has been able to find a more desirable way than the one which alone is right. It very frequently follows that if a false method is accepted as true, it becomes more and more difficult to convince the one so deceived that he is mistaken. Multiplied trials and grievous disappointments often seem necessary before he is brought to see the foolishness of his course, and finds that what he desired to do can be properly done only by the method which rests on perfect fundamentals and inviolable rules, true in every particular to the basic law governing them.

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