In every phase of human activity, in business, social relations, traffic, even in our games, it is necessary to have rules to ensure that things run smoothly and that results are satisfying. And in the all-embracing activity, our daily living, of which the above are but a few phases, we must observe order through rules if we would experience the peace of harmonious existence. The Holy Bible contains regulations for ordered and righteous living. The necessity of observing these regulations is stressed by inspired writers from the earliest prophets to Christ Jesus and the apostles.

The First Commandment (Ex. 20:3), "Thou shalt have no other gods before me," leads the thinker logically to an awakened desire to know the nature of God as the only intelligence, cause, and power. Through knowing the true nature of God, we understand more readily the Master's admonition (John 8:32), "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." It is the truth of being, the truth of God and the truth of man as God's spiritual expression, which unfolds to us the blessing of harmony, the promised heritage of the sons of God.

The Way-shower required of his disciples a radical, wholehearted reliance on God, which could be gained only through spiritual understanding. By this understanding they gained the power to heal and to liberate men from multifarious forms of bondage. This power must have been within human comprehension, not something supernatural. The disciples, his students, must have been taught some regular method and rules with which to direct the healing power. But while there are plentiful records in the Bible of demonstrations of the Christ, Truth, and its power to heal spiritually, no specific written rules were left to guide the Christians of posterity. It remained for Christian Science to provide these in this our own age.

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August 11, 1956

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