[Of Special Interest to Young People]

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy, enunciator and foremost demonstrator in this age of divine Science, declares (p. 300): "The temporal and unreal never touch the eternal and real. The mutable and imperfect never touch the immutable and perfect. The inharmonious and self-destructive never touch the harmonious and self-existent. These opposite qualities are the tares and wheat, which never really mingle, though (to mortal sight) they grow side by side until the harvest; then, Science separates the wheat from the tares, through the realization of God as ever present and of man as reflecting the divine likeness."

This lesson of truth's immutability was logically and convincingly presented to a class of high school girls in a Christian Science Sunday School. It may prove helpful to you. The Lesson-Sermon for the week was "Adam and Fallen Man." It was being studied by the question and answer method provided for by Mrs. Eddy in the Manual of The Mother Church, the teacher referring to the citation of the talking serpent in Genesis 3 by the following queries: "Did the serpent bite, touch, threaten, poison, attack, or hurt Eve? Did it frighten her?" Taken by surprise, the girls turned to the Bible to find the answer and made the happy discovery that the serpent only talked.

Responding to the question, "Just what is the serpent?" the class turned to Science and Health and read on page 594 our Leader's arresting definition of "serpent." There Mrs. Eddy succinctly defines "serpent" in such terms as lie, belief in another God, delusion; first claim of evil to power, existence, and reality. The serpent suggested to Eve what she might do, but it could not make her do anything; it could only suggest.

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December 6, 1947

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