In the year 1895 Mary Baker Eddy ordained the Bible...

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In the year 1895 Mary Baker Eddy ordained the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," to be the only pastor of all Christian Science churches. Since that time we have had no personal pastors, these books being our only preachers. The Christian Science Publishing Society maintains in Boston a Committee on Bible Lessons which prepares for each Sunday a Bible Lesson composed of citations from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook. This Lesson-Sermon, which is read by twoReaders in every Christian Science service throughout the world, is our only sermon.

Of all the sermons ever uttered on earth, the one that stands supreme is Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. It is the very essence of Christianity, of Christian Science, of true spirituality. It inculcates every precept, obedience to which would establish the universal brotherhood of man. It includes an injunction, known in every land as the Golden Rule, which, if obeyed in the degree it so richly merits, would revolutionize business activity, social conduct, and all the affairs and relations of mankind. Of this sermon Mrs. Eddy has said (Message to The Mother Church for 1901, p. 11), "To my sense the Sermon on the Mount, read each Sunday without comment and obeyed throughout the week, would be enough for Christian practice." How fraught with vital meaning the word "obeyed"! Without obedience all the commands, admonitions, or prohibitions that ever fell from wise lips prompted by a consecrated heart would be as useless as soil without water. Jesus dignified and glorified his teachings by implicit obedience thereto, and of all his followers none has followed his example with fuller measure of faithfulness and consecration than Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science.

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