Christian Science as a Field for Study

Knowledge of Christian Science must be gained through the constant study of the Christian Science textbooks, the Bible, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and Mrs. Eddy's other writings. The study of Christian Science means the cultivation of "spiritual sense," which our Leader tells us is "a conscious, constant capacity to understand God" (Science and Health, p. 209). This spiritual understanding is attainable by all. God is ever present and available at all times; but we are seemingly so bound up in materiality that we fail to discern Him in His true nature. In our study of Christian Science we must consciously and constantly strive to put away all false, mortal beliefs about God, good.

What is necessary in order that we may study anything effectively? First, we must have an earnest desire for knowledge, and we must be willing to put aside everything which impedes the attainment of it. How does this apply to the study of Christian Science? First of all, we must have an earnest desire for the truth, the correct knowledge of God and of man, His image and likeness. Our desire must be so sincere that we shall allow nothing to hinder our efforts to gain this knowledge; and we must be willing to cast aside every belief which is not Godlike. In other words, the manifestations of so-called mortal mind are to be silenced with the truth, since they are not of God and, therefore, are not true knowledge.

Study has been defined as "the application of the mind to the gaining of the knowledge desired." Looking more fully into the definition, we find that application is the practical demonstration of the truth. Is it not true, then, that as we apply ourselves to the study of the one Mind, which Paul adjures is necessary when he says, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus," we begin the practical demonstration of Christian Science? In the measure that we give close attention to the study of Christian Science and demonstrate its divine Principle, we are gaining the true knowledge desired, and may be said to be studying effectively.

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