Teaching the Bible in the Sunday School

MARY BAKER EDDY, who discovered and founded Christian Science, made wise provision in the Manual of The Mother Church for the conduct of the Sunday school. In Article XX, Section 2, she says: "The Sabbath School children shall be taught the Scriptures, and they shall be instructed according to their understanding or ability to grasp the simpler meanings of the divine Principle that they are taught." In the following section she specifies what the subject of the lessons shall be.

Every teacher in a Christian Science Sunday School knows that he must understand the spiritual import of the Scriptures, so that he may clearly convey it to the pupils. He realizes that the Bible, shorn of its spiritual meaning, can do little to inspire or heal mankind. The spiritual lessons to be learned from the experiences of the Bible characters are of primary importance. And the teacher's efforts are successful to the extent that he faithfully searches and spiritually understands the Scriptures in the light of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy.

The children in our Sunday schools should be taught to love the Bible. They will then read the inspiring accounts of the experiences of the great Bible characters with true interest, and will be rightly impressed by the victories won by those courageous followers of Truth. If the Bible narratives are presented to them in the right way, the children will not look upon these characters as strangers of a forgotten past, but will rather regard them as friends who demonstrated God's power and presence in human experiences similar to their own.

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The Father's Business
October 26, 1940

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