Principle and Rule

Among the first lessons taught the young child in his school experience are simple yet very definite rules of arithmetic; two times two is four, for example, being one of them. As the child's understanding grows, his instruction is increased and more intricate problems are given him for solution. If he has learned his first lessons well, these problems do not disturb him and he approaches the solving of them with confidence. His confidence, however, is not merely in his own ability to work out the problems, but in the established rules which he understands. Underlying every process that it is necessary to use, are definite rules, which, when properly applied, contribute to the gaining of all correct answers.

Are we not all little children working out our problems in the Science of being? Sometimes, because we have not yet learned our first lessons well, we are as frightened little children. But did not our beloved Master, Christ Jesus, leave us these comforting words: "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom"? And of this statement Mary Baker Eddy says on page 442 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "This truth is Christian Science."

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