The Science of Living

[Of Special Interest to Youth]

A Student of Christian Science, while in high school, received a very helpful lesson one day in her French class. In the endeavor to show the pupils the proper approach to the foreign language, the teacher said: "Don't try to translate English into French word for word. It can't be done. You must think in French."

This counsel probably meant more to the Christian Scientist than to any of the others in the class, because she realized how true that counsel was in relation to everything she did. On page 445of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy says, "You render the divine law of healing obscure and void, when you weigh the human in the scale with the divine." And Paul advises, "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." As the student pondered the substance of her teacher's remark she likened it to some of the rules of Christian Science. She recognized that one cannot translate sick matter into well matter, a bad mortal into a good mortal, an unhappy mortal into a happy one; but that one must think spiritually, look away from mortal man entirely to the reality of man as presented in the first chapter of Genesis and on page 591 of Science and Health, where Mrs. Eddy defines "man" as "the compound idea of infinite Spirit; the spiritual image and likeness of God; the full representation of Mind."

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