"Follow the directions of God as simplified in Christian Science, and though it be through deserts He will direct you into the paths of peace." So writes Mary Baker Eddy in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 361). We find God's directions in the Bible and in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" and the other writings by Mrs. Eddy. These textbooks of Christian Science unlock the deeper meanings of the Bible so that they become to us a guide, a chart of life. In these books we learn of God and of man's unchanging relationship to Him, learn that man is forever God's reflection, His image and likeness.
Spiritual progress is the most important consideration, for spiritual progress brings unfoldment in all ways. We cannot gain an understanding of God and man without progressing. Should mortal mind suggest that we are not old enough or experienced enough to follow God's directions, to apply the truths of Christian Science effectively, let us remember that Christ Jesus made it clear that to enter the kingdom of heaven we must become as little children. We do not need worldly experiences to make us Godlike or help us to gain spiritual understanding. Delving into materiality will never reveal the facts of being nor aid us to progress spiritually.
Christian Science is easy to understand. The directions of God are simple, and when we faithfully apply them the results are sure. No detail is too trivial and no problem too desperate to take to divine Mind for solution. This Science reveals that all God has made is altogether good; that He is Mind, Life, Love, Truth, Spirit, Soul, Principle; and that man is the reflection, or expression, of God. The real man knows neither youth nor age. The spiritual qualities of freshness, loveliness, purity, alertness, courage, understanding, and obedience are forever expressed by God's manifestation, or representative, man.