A Rule of Conduct

Untold spiritual treasures are found in the Manual of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. In this slender volume Mary Baker Eddy gives her followers a comprehensive body of By-Laws for the government of The Mother Church. The adequacy of the Manual for maintaining the organization in orderly progression for all time has been acknowledged by legal minds, but only Christian Scientists begin to grasp the great riches of spiritual inspiration to be found in its pages.

As persistent effort, determination, and patience must be exercised before material gems are found and their beauty disclosed, so faithfulness, obedience, spiritual discernment, and love prepare the seeking heart to find the priceless gems contained in our By-Laws. For instance, to one student helpful unfoldment has come as she has pondered the meaning of Section 7 of Article XXV of the Manual. It reads: "No objectionable pictures shall be exhibited in the rooms where the Christian Science textbook is published or sold. No idle gossip, no slander, no mischief-making, no evil speaking shall be allowed." The Christian Science textbook thus guarded and honored is "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy's foundational and timeless revelation of the Christ Science.

Happiness and Selfishness Never Mix
April 26, 1947

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