The Christian Scientist in the Modern World

When it is properly understood, Christian Science enables one to do better any constructive human task. But when this Science is misunderstood, one's misinterpretation of its truths may lead one to believe that human tasks are unimportant; and this belief would result in relatively poor performance of these tasks. If Christian Science is to make a substantial contribution to the modern world, it is imperative, therefore, that Christian Scientists themselves understand their religion correctly. In proportion as they do, their example will show to the world that Christian Science is the truth.

In I John 4 the distinction between "the Spirit of God" and the "spirit of antichrist" is made on the basis of whether or not the "spirit" confesses "that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh." The Christ, the true idea of divine Life and Love, declares itself in practical terms, revealing the allness and goodness of God through forms of humanity which typify divinity.

On page 332 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy says of Jesus, "He was appointed to speak God's word and to appear to mortals in such a form of humanity as they could understand as well as perceive." And farther on she says, "He expressed the highest type of divinity, which a fleshly form could express in that age." And on page 25 she says, "The divinity of the Christ was made manifest in the humanity of Jesus."

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Dissolving "the adamant of error"
August 14, 1965

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