"Practice not profession"

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy we read (p. 15), "Practice not profession, understanding not belief, gain the ear and right hand of omnipotence." Now, Christian Science is the way of life. It is God's revelation to man, given that mankind may be delivered from all belief in evil. It is Science, which is to be demonstrated; and all the theoretical knowledge of it in the world will never do anything for one unless he puts it into practice. A person might study textbooks on mathematics from cover to cover until he had every rule at his tongue's end, but unless he obeyed the rules,—unless he put them into daily and hourly practice by doing his examples according to them,—he would never become a mathematician; neither would he ever be able to solve any problem according to those rules.

It is practice that brings results. Take another familiar illustration: Suppose a man were to study a manual on swimming until perfectly familiar with every theory in regard to its proper practice. Suppose he even went so far on dry land as to put each muscle and member into the necessary activity to prove himself master of the art of swimming. What possible use would it be to him if, when he found himself in the water, he failed to use the rules and activity he had learned on dry land? Sink he would, inevitably, unless he put forth the effort to practice the theory he had been so long studying.

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