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The Language of Spirit
Human language is the audible expression of thought. Appreciation or understanding of what is said is determined by two factors, the motive or the quality of thought which impels the language, and the spirit in which it is listened to. If, when speaking with people whose language is not ours, we wish to understand them, as they wish to understand us, we usually manage to come to some degree of understanding.
In Christian Science we learn that love is the true incentive underlying thoughts and words, and it should be the controlling motive in the life of every Christian Scientist. Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health (p. 454): "Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching. Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action."
No Christian Scientist can doubt that it was love for God and humanity which inspired our Leader to write her textbook and her other works. Therefore we may say it is only through the same love for God and man that her writings can be understood. Those who are ready to receive of the divine Love which she expressed are able to understand Science and Health. The spiritual sense of the Scriptures or the "new tongue," as elucidated in our textbook, is incomprehensible to thought which is not in a measure ready to receive it.
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LUCIA C. COULSON
Church Building and Healing
GEORGE DEVEREUX BRYSON
VIRGINIA HARRIS BALEY
CORNELIUS JAMES FITZ GERALD
The Language of Spirit
EDITH DE ROUGEMONT
Striking through Appearances to Reality
GWENDOLYN M. L. THOMAS
BARBARA D. WILSON
BUENA V. FREEMANN
The station announcer made the statement: "It is Columbia's...
"Church of the Air" talk over Columbia Broadcasting System by Gavin W. Allan, January 27, 1935. Subject: "The Unity of Men and Nations."
W. Stuart Booth
Abundance through Dependence
Violet Ker Seymer
with contributions from Sanford L. Bacon
Christian Science was brought to my notice through a...
Agnes F. Kattmann
Christian Science found me in a hopeless condition,...
At the time of my marriage I thought the religion of my...
A deep longing to learn what and where God is, to find...
Hedvig Boman with contributions from Anna E. Boman
Through Christian Science our family has been wonderfully...
Emma Duncan Jenkins with contributions from Sidney H. Jenkins
Some six years ago, when life seemed uncertain and...
Blanche May Duncan
ELSIE A. KOEFOED
Signs of the Times
with contributions from James Reid, Owen D. Young, C. L. Cartwright