[Original article in German]


A student of Christian Science had an experience which, translated spiritually, brought increased knowledge of the truth.

A washing machine after being set in motion, as had been done many times before, proved to be defective and clogged; and in a short time it broke down altogether. A workman who was called to repair the mechanism declared after a brief examination, "It only needs oiling." He applied a few drops of oil, and the difficulty was overcome.

One whose attention had been arrested by the words, "It only needs oiling," earnestly pondered this statement; and the spiritual interpretation of "oil," as given by Mrs. Eddy on page 592 of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," engrossed the student's attention. It reads: "Oil. Consecration; charity; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration." Looked upon materially, oil is a necessary and important product, possessing the quality of easing, loosening, and freeing that to which it is applied. Considered spiritually, as interpreted by our Leader, oil is the inspiration of spiritual knowledge and activity. Without spiritual oil, without consecration, charity, and heavenly inspiration, a merely theoretical knowledge of scientific rules is incapable of rising to the point of demonstration, that is, of becoming demonstrably beneficial.

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