Proving What We Know of Truth

It is axiomatic that we can make use only of that which we possess. Similarly, we can solve problems in any subject only to the extent of our knowledge of the subject. Thus, if we have a knowledge only of the simple rules of arithmetic, it will be impossible for us to solve, say, an algebraic equation. No matter how ambitious we may be humanly, our attainments are dependent on our knowledge. That knowledge may be extended; but, even so, it determines our achievements.

The same holds true in all departments of human knowledge. It holds true also in the realm of spiritual understanding. Christian Scientists are proving this constantly and conclusively, just as Christ Jesus and his disciples proved it. In his epistle James says (2:18), "Shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works," obviously implying that one's works should measure one's faith. And if one's works measure one's faith, surely they measure the understanding upon which one's faith is based.

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