The Tiny Pupil

Children are often started in the Christian Science Sunday School as young as two years of age, and now and then even younger. Although a child is never too young to receive impressions of Truth, it is generally felt that to be taught in a class in Sunday School he should be able to sit in a chair and should be reasonably contented during the exercises.

The teacher of the tiny ones has a very important post, for in their early experiences these pupils need a spiritual basis for thinking so that their desires, aims, and tendencies will be molded aright. Many are the erroneous influences which a child encounters in his daily living. By means of radio, television, motion pictures, picture advertising, and so on, the child may see and hear accounts of crime, disaster, epidemics; he may hear of medical theories and practices, and other things that are not conducive to health and spiritual progress. But in proportion to his spiritual equipment the child is shielded from the ill effects of unwholesome mortal beliefs.

Here someone may ask, "Is it possible so to instruct a toddler in spiritual truth and its application to human affairs that he will be protected in such situations?" Indeed it is. It has been said that with proper instruction it is as natural for a toddler to learn to practice Christian Science as it is for him to learn to walk and to talk. And why not? Why should it be thought that a child's spiritual development should be less natural and normal than his human education?

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Testimony of Healing
In gratitude to God for Christian Science...
October 16, 1954

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