The Laboratory of Christian Science

In our colleges and universities it is usually required that two or more years be devoted by students to the study of some one of the material sciences, together with experimental work in the laboratory. Only a very small percentage of these students, however, make any practical application of the science after the years of their college course are ended. A few may teach it afterwards; a few others may employ it in a commercial way; but the great majority of students will have no occastion for practical application of the science to which they devoted two years of study.

For fifty years the textbook of the one perfectly practical Science has been available to mankind,—the Science whose truths are ever up-to-date; the Science that is ever beneficial and available, a rod and staff in every trial; the Science knowledge of which constitutes a possession that need never be relinquished. This Science was the discovery of a New England woman, who found in the Bible all she needed to explicate it. The name of its textbook is "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Its author is Mary Baker Eddy. This book expounds spiritual law, and reveals its divine Principle, God, as the creator of spiritual man and the spiritual universe. It does not deal with matter, as do the so-called material sciences, building to-day upon theories and hypotheses which to-morrow may be repudiated. Quite otherwise, the divine Principle of Christian Science, being God, is unchanging, even as the Bible teaches.

But, one may ask, how is mankind to make practical application of such a Science? As men gain an understanding of divine Principle, they will rise above the discords of material sense, the illusions of matter. The time to begin the realization of the nothingness of material sense is now. Paul said, "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." On page 593 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy gives this definition of "salvation": "Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all; sin, sickness, and death destroyed." Could there be a place where such understanding and demonstration are more needed than here? Need we seek elsewhere? Need we wait? Is not the laboratory of this Science just where we are? Is not God's universe, in which His laws may be applied, at hand?

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May 9, 1925

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