Christian Scientists are generally described as students of the Science they represent; and their Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, provides them not only with ample material for study, but with a divine method of making the best of that study. One sometimes compares the little handful of books which the Christian Scientist treasures with the countless volumes contained in the libraries of the world; and he marvels at the profundity and simplicity of the wisdom of the former as contrasted with the vastness and intricacy of the knowledge in the latter.

Furthermore, one knows that if his study of the Bible and the writings of Mrs. Eddy is to be effective, he must bring to it a measure of spiritual apprehension of all that he reads. When he does apprehend it, he demonstrates his knowledge by healing the sick and sinful. If he cannot demonstrate what he reads, he knows that he has work to do to make his study effective.

Mrs. Eddy says in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 238), "Rightly to read and to practise the Scriptures, their spiritual sense must be discerned, understood, and demonstrated." Our Leader goes on to say, "On the swift pinions of spiritual thought man rises above the letter, law, or morale of the inspired Word to the spirit of Truth, whereby the Science is reached that demonstrates God." Through her revelation of the truths of God and man she has made it possible for all to interpret the Scriptures so intelligently that the spiritual power to destroy error is brought once more to mankind—this time in a manifestation destined to be universal in its scope.

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January 16, 1954

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