Sheltering Wings

Christian science needs no defense, no protection. Its pure metaphysics cannot be contaminated, nor its holy walls invaded.

However, another aspect of the situation was presented to the thought of the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, when she realized her divine commission to establish on earth, among mortals, a movement wherein should be practiced the heavenly laws of Life, Truth, and Love, as revealed to her spiritual sense. In preparation for this great task, the newly illumined Bible was her sole book for instruction. (See Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Pref., p. viii.) Christ Jesus was her model.

Contrary to her expectation she found, as time went on, that her followers, named Christian Scientists, needed "laws of limitation" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 229). Concerning this necessity she wrote: "Heaps upon heaps of praise confront me, and for what? That which I said in my heart would never be needed,—namely, laws of limitation for a Christian Scientist. Thy ways are not as ours. Thou knowest best what we need most,—hence my disappointed hope and grateful joy."

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Spiritual Influx and Influence
October 3, 1936

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