"Break up your fallow ground"

Just as there is a great need today for scientific methods in cultivating the soil, if we are to feed the hungry, so there is the same need for scientific methods in the cultivation of thought, only in this case the methods, to be of lasting value, must be spiritually scientific.

For many centuries people have thought that spiritual things must be taken on faith—believed without being understood—but now, through the light which Christian Science has thrown on the Scriptures, we can understand and prove the Science of Christianity even more certainly than we can the science of agriculture.

How do we begin to use spiritually scientific methods in our thinking? Two of the prophets, Jeremiah and Hosea, gave us a good command with which to begin when they said to the erring children of Israel, "Break up your fallow ground." This vigorous statement applied to them not as farmers, but as people who had forsaken spiritual ways for material ways, and it was a plea to them to turn from evil back to God.

Resolving Trials into Opportunities
December 19, 1942

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