Proof and Progress

[Written Especially for Young People]

WHEN as a pupil in the Sunday school one begins the study of Christian Science, he soon learns that in order to make genuine progress he must put into practice what he is taught. Christian Science, because it is Science, is provable. Even a slight understanding of its teachings, if faithfully applied, enables one to prove for himself, by overcoming false beliefs of whatever nature, that Christian Science is the truth which Christ Jesus practiced nearly two thousand years ago, and which today is again healing sickness, sorrow, and sin.

Sometimes a young student is apt to remark, "If only I had more understanding, I could make better demonstrations!" The earnest desire for a greater understanding of the divine Mind as the only cause and creator is indispensable to spiritual progress. However, our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 323): "In order to apprehend more, we must put into practice what we already know. We must recollect that Truth is demonstrable when understood, and that good is not understood until demonstrated."

One would not expect to become a musician, an engineer, or a lawyer without practicing his profession. No more should a Sunday school pupil expect to become a good Christian Scientist unless he puts into practice what he has learned from the Bible and from Mrs. Eddy's writings. The following incident may serve to illustrate the point.

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"I will lift up mine eyes"
January 20, 1940

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