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Divinely Inspired Questions

From the October 1968 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The earliest recorded words spoken by Jesus are in the form of a question. He asked those who sought him when he was twelve years old, after he had tarried in Jerusalem, "How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" Luke 2:49; Many of his most pointed lessons were brought out by questions. Being left alone with the woman who had been taken in adultery, after he had told her accusers that the one who was without sin among them should cast the first stone at her, Jesus asked, "Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?"John 8:10;

Throughout his career the Way-shower asked incisive questions. After many centuries the questions he asked continue to grip human thought. The last chapter of John's Gospel contains a number of questions asked by Christ Jesus. More than once he asked Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?"21:15-17; As we read the Bible, we frequently encounter questions. The Book of books may be interpreted as asking its readers profound questions. What could be more natural than that writings which are based upon the Scriptures should contain searching questions?

The Bible was the inspiration for the writings of Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. Hundreds of questions are to be found in her published writings, including Science and Health, the textbook of Christian Science. Our Leader was convinced that she recorded the revelation of Truth to this age through divine inspiration. Should we not then consider the questions in Science and Health to be divinely inspired? And should we not consider any question published in our Leader's writings to be worthy of our deepest consideration? This includes questions quoted from sources obviously antagonistic to Science and questions put bluntly.

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