Teaching the Children the Scriptures

In the "Explanatory Note" read each Sunday by the First Reader from the desk in Christian Science churches, is the statement, "The Bible and the Christian Science textbook are our only preachers" (Christian Science Quarterly, p. 4). The writer, whose daily task is with little children, has often prayerfully considered the best method of bringing the knowledge of the truth contained in the Bible, and illumined by our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, to the comprehension of the children. Mrs. Eddy, who can be considered our greatest modern educator, has pointed the way in the provisions for teaching in the Sunday school, found in the Church Manual (pp. 62, 63), and again in that pregnant sentence, "Spiritual teaching must always be by symbols" (Science and Health, p. 575). In the work of Christ Jesus, the greatest teacher of all times, we are impressed by his use of parable and illustration whenever he taught the multitudes who followed him. The story was used as a means to awaken people to a realization of their spiritual heritage, and the healings that followed this mode of illumination proved the correctness of the method.

We who are parents, guardians, or teachers must give earnest heed to each of Mrs. Eddy's admonitions if our children are to increase in wisdom and understanding. The provisions in the Manual for teaching the Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the Lord's Prayer in the Sunday school, buttressed by the opening sentence, "The Sabbath School children shall be taught the Scriptures" (Manual, p. 62), fully cover the children's need; and we can joyously make our demonstration of obedience to each command in these sections, both at home and in the Sunday school.

The True Ego
August 6, 1927

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