Knowing, Being, and Doing

The ease with which children accept and demonstrate Christian Science sometimes surprises the new student. It can even be discouraging if his own early progress is not equally spontaneous—for shouldn't a trained intellect prove an initial advantage?

Saul, the educated Pharisee, may well have asked the same question when he first became acquainted with Christianity. Renamed Paul upon his conversion, he was to write some years later to the Greek church at Corinth, "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." I Cor. 2:14; The Twentieth Century New Testament translates this verse thus: "The merely intellectual man rejects the teaching of the Spirit of God; for to him it is mere folly; he cannot grasp it, because it is to be understood only by spiritual insight."

Ghosts in the Attic
April 15, 1967

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