"Search the scriptures"

If someone were to tell us of a wonderful new book which had just appeared, a book setting forth a remedy which was guaranteed to cure all our ills and solve all our problems, should we not all hasten to get it and consider it worth whatever price was placed upon it? Such a book is the Bible.

It was not very long ago that the treasures of the Bible were accessible only to the few learned scholars who could read it from manuscripts in the original Hebrew, Greek, or Latin. It was a great step in progress for the world when Wycliffe gave a translation in the English of his day; and later on the invention of the printing press made this and subsequent translations available to all who could read. Afterward, when translations began to multiply, King James I of England ordered the scholars to make that version of the English Bible which has for centuries been the one "authorized" and standard text used by most of the Protestant churches. Many of the deepest truths of the Bible remained obscure and incomprehensible, however, until explained by the "key" which Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, gave us when, as a result of searching and studying the Bible, she wrote the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

Basing her discovery on her study of the Scriptures, our Leader further emphasized their importance to us as Christian Scientists when she significantly made the first tenet of our church read: "As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life" (Science and Health, p. 497).

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"An International Daily Newspaper"
February 23, 1935

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