In order to become a physical scientist considerable time, effort, study, and formal education are required of one. Allied subjects must be studied and mastered and countless hours spent in the laboratory. Because of the rigid requirements, only a small proportion of students are able to qualify and eventually become scientists. Those who are successful then devote a lifetime to endless research and further study to discover possible new laws, methods, and applications for the use of society.

But consider the requirements for becoming a Christian Scientist! Here is a Science which is most profound, exact, and pure because it is based on the fixed, immutable, eternal laws of God. To become proficient in practicing it one needs to devote himself to it with the utmost consecration. But the single, most important, and fundamental factor in learning this Science is to understand and express Love. As our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, explains in "Science and Health" with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 113), "The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love."

In accordance with the Scriptures, Christian Science teaches that Love is a synonym for God. Man, as the image and likeness of God, manifests His love. It is obvious that this love is not dependent on mere book knowledge, formal education, or human doctrines and theories. It is manifested in innocency, purity, and goodness. It is always humble, honest, and sincere. It includes no hate, evil, sin, or error, but expresses only loveliness, harmony, peace, sinless joy, and freedom. It reflects Principle, Truth, Mind. Spiritual love, the gift of God which is bestowed on His children from the beginning, needs to be demonstrated. To be a Christian Scientist, therefore, one has to know and prove that man reflects infinite Love, and to abide by the divine, yet simple, rules of Christian Science.

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