The Simplicity of Christian Science

The remark is sometimes heard that Christian Science is difficult to understand. It is generally made by the beginner who is reading, perhaps for the first time, the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy. He is unable, as yet, to grasp the truths enunciated and elaborated therein; and, not aware that the reason for his difficulties lies in himself, he lays the blame on Christian Science. Nevertheless, while it may be true that Christian Science does not seem easy to some, it has to be firmly protested that the difficulties are not in Christian Science, but are due to the mentality of the individual himself.

The very same charge was made against the teachings of Christ Jesus in his own day; so much so, that of all who heard his message only a relatively small number accepted it. The Master, with that quickness of perception which was the result of his clear spiritual understanding, readily detected the cause of the dullness of comprehension manifested by many of those who heard him, that dullness of comprehension which drew from him merited rebuke. Even in the case of his immediate disciples there was manifested the very same type of mentality when they queried, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" They were reasoning from the standpoint of material sense, and, consequently, believing in good and evil personalities. The answer of Jesus was strikingly significant. He "called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, ... Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." That which raised the problem of "greatness" among the disciples created the difficulty to others of accepting the Master's teachings. It was material sense, or "lack of spirituality." The child typified purity, trustfulness, freedom from materiality: such was the mentality necessary to understand the Savior's message, and which alone could enter the kingdom of heaven with him; that is, possess the same understanding as he had of spiritual being.

"Lively stones"
May 27, 1922

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