How wonderful are the truths contained in the Bible! Through the earnest study of Christian Science the deeper meaning of these glorious statements is revealed to us and we are able to demonstrate the spiritual facts contained in them. The statement (John 3:30), "He must increase, but I must decrease," is a case in point, for when considered in the light of Christian Science it takes on a new and valuable meaning. This Science teaches that as the mortal ego, or belief of life as existent in material selfhood, lessens, gives place to the Christ-idea of God as All and the understanding that man is God's expression, one is able to accomplish things which are really worth while.

Hearing an elderly man boasting of all the things he had done and was still capable of doing, a student of Christian Science thought how sharply this boasting contrasted with the Bible verse referred to above. The mortal ego had apparently been increasing through the years. After the boasting, however, came a rehearsal of the ills and troubles this person had endured. As in the allegory of Adam and Eve, who listened to the serpent's boastful promise, "Ye shall be as Gods" (Gen. 3:5), and paid dearly for doing so, the acceptance of a mind and life apart from God always brings ill consequences.

Nebuchadnezzar boasted of how much he had accomplished, and his extreme egotism separated him from the sense of intelligence. And this condition was not corrected until "at the end of the days" Nebuchadnezzar, as we read in Daniel (4:34,35), "blessed the most High, ... that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion," and declared that "none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou."

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July 12, 1947

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