A Help Always at Hand

Men generally have believed, or at least not wholly disbelieved, in the existence of spiritual power, but have largely deprived themselves of the advantages of such belief by assuming that this power is not subject to scientific investigation and use. The great service of Christian Science is its clearing away of this false theory. Christian Science conclusively confirms the existence of spiritual power, reveals its exact nature, and shows how it may be utilized with confidence under any conditions.

Christian Scientists, like other Christians, often employ religious terminology in stating what they have apprehended of Truth, and they find it helpful to do so. They understand that the spiritual power which they have discerned and felt is the power of God, and they reverently and gratefully acknowledge this fact. They see, however, that Christian Science is by no means less scientific for being religious, but rather, more so. They see that instead of stopping with superficial material phenomena, it searches reality itself, and makes it not less but more knowable and usable than what they have perceived materially.

"If this Science has been thoroughly learned and properly digested," writes Mary Baker Eddy, its revelator, in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 84, 85), "we can know the truth more accurately than the astronomer can read the stars or calculate an eclipse." And she also writes (ibid., p. 149): "The rule and its perfection of operation never vary in Science. If you fail to succeed in any case, it is because you have not demonstrated the life of Christ, Truth, more in your own life,—because you have not obeyed the rule and proved the Principle of divine Science."

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The Science of Health
August 8, 1942

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