The Way

A student who was studying for his final law examination borrowed a legal textbook from a friend. This friend had qualified some years previously, but had been successful only after several attempts. The borrowed textbook revealed the reason for the delayed success. Many of its pages were so annotated as to show that instead of trying to learn the meaning of the text, the owner had endeavored to make the text conform to his own immature knowledge of the subject.

For centuries the King James Version of the Bible has been regarded as the most beautiful piece of English literature in the world. It has brought courage and comfort to untold thousands; but to Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, it was revealed as something more than that. To her it was revealed as a textbook explanatory of the spiritual law of God; and from her understanding of the inspired Word she has given us the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Of this book Mrs. Eddy writes, in part (ibid., p. 456): "A Christian Scientist requires my work Science and Health for his textbook, and so do all his students and patients. Why? First: Because it is the voice of Truth to this age, and contains the full statement of Christian Science, or the Science of healing through Mind."

Our Master, Christ Jesus the Way-shower, said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." He taught that the way to gain eternal life is straight and narrow, and that there is no other or easier way by which one can enter the kingdom of heaven. To follow in that way it is necessary to pattern one's thinking and living after his example, and in proportion as this is achieved one is enabled to do the works of healing and regeneration which he did. Following this way is soon seen to be a question not of intellectual proficiency or scholarship, but of acquiring or reflecting the Christ-character, or divine nature, so clearly manifested in Christ Jesus.

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The Reading Room Window
October 5, 1929

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