Effectively Presenting the Truth

As Christian Scientists go about they find there are many opportunities to present their religion unobtrusively. Many times it is being exemplified when it is not actually being talked about. Those who are in need of healing have often been led to investigate the teachings of Christian Science by what they have observed in the experiences and demeanor of its adherents, without having had any conversation on the subject.

No matter what the environment may be, the opportunity to be helpful is always present. Oftentimes occasion demands conversation with those whose inclinations are other than toward the study of Christian Science. There is an opportunity to introduce subjects of general interest, upon which all may be intelligently informed through The Christian Science Monitor. Wholesome topics may be discussed understandinly. Thus all may realize the far-reaching effect of the teachings of Mrs. Eddy.

Then there are times when explanations of Christian Science are definitely sought. On these occasions the methods of the Master furnish comfort and instruction. His care to present the truth so that it could be understood led the disciples on one occasion to ask of him, "Why speakest thou unto them in parables?" And Jesus answered, "Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." Thus did Jesus distinguish between those who required simplicity of speech and manner and those who could understand more advanced teaching. When talking to those who had little or no comprehension of his teaching, he used illustrations having to do with the flocks and herds, the grain, the mustard seed, the talents, the laborers in the vineyard, and such situations as the people in those days were familiar with. But when talking with his students he employed other terms and appealed to their spiritual understanding.

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Indispensable Human Footsteps
September 12, 1936

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