"The Sabbath School children shall be taught the Scriptures"

In setting forth the provisions for Sunday school teaching in the Manual of The Mother Church, Mary Baker Eddy states specifically (Art. XX, Sect. 2). "The Sabbath School children shall be taught the Scriptures, and they shall be instructed according to their understanding or ability to grasp the simpler meanings of the divine Principle that they are taught." This pointed and definite requirement bears witness to the deep importance attached by our Leader to the Bible, which forms the rock foundation of her system of practical metaphysics. While the actual methods of thus teaching the Scriptures are naturally a matter of individual unfoldment, it may be helpful to note certain aspects of this instruction which have been found of practical value in Sunday school teaching over a period of years.

So far from being unnecessary or uninspiring, the background of the Bible is interesting, and the teacher who is in a position to touch upon it to his pupils as opportunity offers, readily gains their interest and attention. What is more important, however, he can draw from Bible passages practical illustrations of the ever-availability of divine Truth in human experience and so familiarize his pupils with them.

The Bible is more than a mere record of ages long past. A study of it shows how situations recurring today in modern forms were dealt with through spiritual inspiration by statesmen and religious leaders throughout the Biblical period. It is important that those in our Sunday schools should realize that the Bible is indeed living and vital, up to date and practical.

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Man Exists as Idea
May 20, 1944

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