Whatever the reason which impels one to begin the study of Christian Science, he will not be long in recognizing its insistence on the allness of Spirit and the nothingness of matter. If God, Spirit, is All, matter, Spirit's opposite, must be nothing. Little progress in the understanding of divine Science can be made until this basic and fundamental fact is accepted and its demonstration begun.

Because the teaching of Christian Science is scientific, that is, exact and demonstrable, implicit obedience to it is absolutely essential in order fully to prove its correctness and practicality. There should be no quarrel over this, since obedience to the rules of the so-called material sciences is accepted without question. And so Mary Baker Eddy writes in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 464), "Adulterating Christian Science, makes it void."

One dictionary definition of "adulterate" is, "To corrupt, debase, or make impure by an admixture of a foreign or a baser substance." It is clear then that the teachings of Christian Science must be accepted without reservation. This does not, of course, mean that we cannot begin to demonstrate the power and experience the blessings of Christian Science until we have attained a complete understanding of its teachings. On the contrary, innumerable benefits may be ours from the outset, and many people, including the writer, have proved that willing obedience to the little they understand has healed even so-called incurable disease, so wonderful is the power of Truth. But to experience its blessings continually and help others to do so, we must ever strive to gain a clearer and more correct understanding of its Science. Our revered Leader writes in the textbook (p. 361), "A human perception of divine Science, however limited, must be correct in order to be Science and subject to demonstration."

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June 7, 1952

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