The Interpreter

No sermon was ever preached, no church ever built, no creed ever formulated, that did not seek to satisfy the hunger of the human heart for a fuller interpretation of the Scriptures. Each Biblical teaching or doctrine claims to give a clearer interpretation of the Word of God, and survives only as it is able to fulfill this claim. The Protestant church was largely a protest against the clerically controlled interpretation of the Bible. The reformers Wycliffe, Luther, Calvin and others reformed or changed the universal thought in its attitude toward the Scriptures, and revealed the need for individual study and interpretation of their pages.

Thus was universal thought prepared for the advent of Christian Science as defined by Mrs. Eddy's statement found on page 1 of "Rudimental Divine Science," where, in answer to the question, "How would you define Christian Science?" she replies, "As the law of God, the law of good, interpreting and demonstrating the divine Principle and rule of universal harmony." In linking the words "interpreting" and "demonstrating," the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science indicates that demonstration must accompany interpretation, and that the true interpreter is also a demonstrator of health and harmony as spiritual facts. This advanced step is seen to be perfectly logical when one considers that when requested in a foreign language to do a certain deed, the performance of the act is the best possible evidence of having understood the request. Since Christ Jesus commands his followers to "heal the sick, cleanse the lepers," is not the performance of these acts the best possible evidence of having interpreted aright the new tongue of the Scriptures?

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