"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet"

Christian Scientists regard the Bible as indispensable to them. If the Psalmist, thinking no doubt of the Scriptures possessed by his people, which were treasured and read by them as the inspired Word of God, could say, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path," how much more can Christian Scientists declare the same of the Bible, which contains not only the sacred writings beloved of the Hebrew race, but also the New Testament, bearing the record of the inspired sayings and doings of Christ Jesus and of his followers of the early Christian Church. The Bible to them is indeed the Book of books. So much so, that, as Mrs. Eddy writes in the tenets of The Mother Church (Science and Health, p. 497; and Church Manual, p. 15), "As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life."

Now it was not always thus with those who are now Christian Scientists. Although many of them, before they heard of Christian Science, had a very warm corner in their hearts for the Bible, were appreciative of the marvelous literary beauty of much that it contained, and were grateful for the moral and ethical precepts which it unfolded and inculcated, still, they did not value it as in very truth the Word of God; they looked upon it, as a whole, more as a compilation of documents of great value, certainly, to mankind, but not absolutely essential to the future progress of world salvation. That has been changed through Christian Science; for now they look upon the Bible in precisely the way Mrs. Eddy has spoken of it in the tenet just quoted.

November 1, 1924

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