The Inspired Word

As a source of hope, joy, enlightenment, and healing, the Bible stands supreme in the field of literature, and men have come to look upon it as the voice of infinite, eternal Truth. Through its pages runs the bright thread of spiritual truth shining in the darkness of mortal error. The spiritual vision rises to transcendent heights in the Gospel narratives, and culminates in the final overcoming of all error, as recorded by John in the book of Revelation.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, was from early childhood a devoted Bible student. Her faithful study of and unusual attentiveness and receptivity to the truths therein, prepared her to discern, and later reveal to men, the spiritual meaning of the Scriptures hitherto hidden in creed and dogma or obscured by the material context. By her clear vision she was able to separate the false, material record from the true, inspired Word, as one separates the chaff from the wheat. In recognition of the Bible's true place in the religion she founded, she has designated it, together with her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," as "the only pastor of The Church of Christ, Scientist, throughout our land and in other lands" (Miscellaneous Writings, pp. 313, 314).

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