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A careful study of the Scriptures in the light of the...

From the August 1914 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A CAREFUL study of the Scriptures in the light of the teachings of Christian Science, makes it clear that the prophets of olden time had wonderful glimpses of the Science of being which enabled them to give definite rules for its demonstration along certain lines. Thus we find Isaiah saying, "Cease to do evil; learn to do well," which recalls Mrs. Eddy's statement on page 112 of her "Miscellaneous Writings," "The most just man can neither defend the innocent nor detect the guilty, unless he knows how to be just; and this knowledge demands our time and attention."

The student of Christian Science early learns that only as he understands and reflects the one perfect Mind can he express health and holiness. He knows that if he is at all controlled by the mortal or carnal mind, he is sure to miss the divine harmony of being and will manifest some phase of mortal discord. This explains why a deeply religious and truly sincere person may seem to be in bondage to ill health, even more than some hardened sinners, and he very naturally wonders why God should so deal with him. In reality God has not meted out suffering to him at all, but he suffers because he is deeply imbued with a belief in material health laws, which are in fact disease laws, and because he is ignorant of the perfect provision made for man's harmony by the all-wise and all-loving Father.

Here it should be remembered that the spiritual laws which relate to our well-being cannot be ignored, much less disobeyed, and in seeking to acquaint himself with them, the student of Christian Science becomes aware of his deep indebtedness for the illumination thrown upon the Scriptures by Science and Health, which is truly a key to the sacred volume. As this is studied, the thirty-third chapter of Isaiah illustrates the process of salvation from sin, sickness, and poverty in a remarkable way. The prophet tells us that God is exalted, and in consequence judgment and righteousness prevail, while wisdom and knowledge constitute "the stability of thy times." Then is outlined the separation between Truth and error and the destruction of evil in "everlasting burnings."

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