Time for Study

Every student of Christian Science rejoices when the opportunity comes to turn to the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy for a period of devout study. Day by day this is the experience of many whose consecrated reflecting of divine Love is surely raising human consciousness into a clearer realization of man's spiritual birthright. But to nearly every one of us there may come now and again occasions when, owing to the pressure of human duties, affairs, and interests, we seem not to have the time to study as we desire.

This claim is a particularly subtle attack of the carnal mind, for it aims to separate our thinking from God, and would plant in our consciousness regret or self-condemnation because we seem unable to carry out a duty and to use a privilege as we should like to do. Then it is that with steadfast clarity of vision we need to realize our indefeasible oneness with God, Mind, divine intelligence, and know that no claim of mortal mind can bind us as to time, place, or circumstance, or limit our understanding to material sense, our substance to materiality, or our life to the so-called mortal experience.

For the correction of this false sense of limitation our Leader has given us in Science and Health (p. 68) a statement which applies healing at the very root of this erroneous concept: "Christian Science presents unfoldment, not accretion." Man is at one with God. All that God is, man is by reflection. Thus all the riches of divine Mind, intelligence, are now the permanent possession of God's children. Nothing can be added to and nothing taken from what God gives us. All things, all reality, "the deep things of God," which are our birthright and unalterable being, can by true study be unfolded daily in our consciousness.

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June 15, 1935

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