Asserting Our Prerogative

To every earnest student of Christian Science, Mrs. Eddy's careful use of words is cause for increasing wonder and deepening gratitude. He probably studies her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," with frequent reference to an adequate dictionary; and by such twofold study he finds his own ability to express the truth greatly enhanced, and also observes how carefully our Leader chose the words with which to express to the hungering thought the truth that makes free.

In a recent Lesson-Sermon occurred the following reference (Science and Health, p. 253): "Knowing the falsity of so-called material sense, you can assert your prerogative to overcome the belief in sin, disease, or death." For several days in her study a student read that reference without feeling that she need turn to a dictionary for further illumination of its meaning. Then through the pressure of a problem she was led to look up the meaning of the word "prerogative." Among other definitions she found this: "A right to exercise a power or privilege in priority to, or to the exclusion of, others; ... specif., an official and hereditary right which may be asserted without question, and for the exercise of which there is no responsibility or accountability, except to the sovereign power, as to the fact and the manner of its exercise."

Delivered by God's Angels
June 7, 1930

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