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From the April 1921 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When we stop to think about what are used so commonly as words, we realize that they are very wonderful and interesting. They are our means of communication, our method of conveying thought. Our schools and colleges teach many things about words, as well as their proper use; we enjoy reading those authors who use them properly, to present and inspire fine and elevating thoughts, or to bring before us a beautiful scene or picture. Such authors have acquired world-wide fame in so doing. Words can picture for us far distant lands, long forgotten scenes; can reproduce in a measure the effects of the five physical senses; in reading we can hear again the rippling brook, smell the wild flowers, or feel joy or sorrow. Words tell us much about God, but it is the Word, the Christ, which expresses true consciousness. By it a man knows God and knows that man is the son of God.

It is safe to say no human being reaches maturity without giving some thought to the creator, Supreme Being; and no matter how it may seem to be covered up in wrongdoing or materiality, it is really Spirit which actuates and prompts his thinking on the subject. It is the one thing which comes to all spontaneously, which does not have to be taught or told. Does not this prove that divine Mind is infinite and eternal? For many hundreds of years scholastic theology has acknowledged that God is the Father, but Jesus taught and demonstrated so that all may see, who sincerely try, that man is now and ever has been the Son of God, that the true image and likeness has never been lost; Spirit and spiritual man are ever present and ever at one. Creeds and doctrines have obscured the fact, however, while beliefs of a mortal man as God's image mystified all. At the right time the revelation was made of the Science of the Christ, and a New England woman was found ready to bear this sacred message. All who will may have it without money and without price, as hundreds have been healed of many diseases by simply reading the textbook. This shows the revelation to be divine.

On page 495 of this book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, we find this question: "How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian Science?" and the answer begins: "Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit." Because these words are true, our understanding of God is increased and enlarged. Mrs. Eddy also says (Science and Health, p. 144): "It is a question today, whether the ancient inspired healers understood the Science of Christian healing, or whether they caught its sweet tones, as the natural musician catches the tones of harmony, without being able to explain them. So divinely imbued were they with the spirit of Science, that the lack of the letter could not hinder their work; and that letter, without the spirit, would have made void their practice."

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