The Great Discovery

In recent years, much interest has been shown in excavations and explorations in various localities, because the resultant discoveries made from time to time give evidence of older civilizations and indicia as to the mode of human life in centuries far anterior to our present age. These discoveries have been considered of interest and importance, not because they create or bring forward any new thing, but because they uncover and make available for present use information concerning facts which were existent long before their discoverers commenced the search for them.

On page 107 of our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, states, "In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science, or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science." Again, on page 380, she writes, "Many years ago the author made a spiritual discovery, the scientific evidence of which has accumulated to prove that the divine Mind produces in man health, harmony, and immortality." In her discovery Mrs. Eddy did not create or bring forth any new thing, but instead revealed and so made available for present and future use spiritual facts and laws which had been in existence since first "the morning stars sang together."

To have been discovered, the truths presented in Christian Science must have existed prior to their being perceived. And the full statement of his Science by its Discoverer reveals the fact that it had such preexistence; that it is a restatement of the truths, laws, and doctrines first definitely presented by Christ Jesus, of which he said, as recorded in Matthew, "My words shall not pass away." While it is true that the words of Christ Jesus did not pass away, yet the spiritual meaning of his teachings, through the power of which both sin and sickness were destroyed, became so buried beneath materialistic dogma and interpretation that its potency was lost sight of.

The Beatitudes
July 19, 1930

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