"Our sufficient guide"

[Original article in German]

ALL Christian Scientists who are members of The Mother Church or of a recognized branch church subscribe to the Tenets given by the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 497), the first of which reads as follows: "As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life." Every member of the Christian Science church, therefore, acknowledges the "inspired Word of the Bible" as his "sufficient guide"; and by subscribing to the Tenets he gives expression to his unshakable confidence in the inspired teaching of the Bible.

True, the Bible is loved by all thinking people of the Christian faith, but its spiritual signification has not been clearly understood. He who turns to Christian Science finds in its textbook a comprehensive and lucid explanation of the Bible in its spiritual meaning. And whoever studies this book earnestly finds that an exposition such as is given there was made possible only through spiritual inspiration. In this textbook Mrs. Eddy says (p. 126): "The Bible has been my only authority. I have had no other guide in 'the straight and narrow way' of Truth."

What inexpressible gratitude fills the hearts of Christian Scientists that, through the elucidations of their Leader, they have been able to get a better understanding of the Bible! Naturally, students of Christian Science feel it their duty to break this bread to others, to demonstrate practical, primitive Christianity, and to take up the fight against sin, sickness, and death according to the directions of our Master, Christ Jesus, which have come down to us in the Bible. In proportion to our success in apprehending the truth which the Bible reveals, and in bringing this truth to the consciousness of those turning to us for help, in that proportion shall we overcome the unreal claims of evil and inharmony.

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The Right Place
November 12, 1932

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