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  • WORKS ON CHRISTIAN SCIENCEWritten by MARY BAKER EDDY

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    SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES4THE INHABITANT SHALL NOT

    SAY, I AM SICK"A HIGHER MOTIVETHE VISITANT"CONSIDER THE LILIES"CERTAIN REQUIREMENTSTRUTH NEVER FAILS"THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH""TILL CHRIST APPEARS"

    Articles republished from theChristian Science periodicals

    THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PUBLISHING SOCIETYFALMOUTH AND ST. PAUL STREETS

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  • Copyright, 1910 byTHE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PUBLISHING SOCIETY.

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    SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES

    THE Pharisees had searched the Scripturesdiligently. Their knowledge of the letter ofthe Law, and of the Prophets, was irreproachable.Under the prophets, it must be remembered, theyincluded the historical books of the Old Testa-ment as well as what we are accustomed todescribe as the purely prophetical writings, differ-

    entiating them as the earlier and the laterprophets, so that their knowledge was historicalas well as ceremonial. More than this, they dweltwith scrupulous care on the figurative interpreta-tion of the text. This comes out with remarkableclearness in the phrase "and the rest of the acts/'which recurs persistently in the historical booksof the Old Testament. What it means is this,that the Hebrew chronicler seized upon the acts,no matter what their insignificance, in the reignsof the Kings, from which it was possible to drawa moral lesson of any sort, and recorded themwhilst rejecting others which an ordinary chron-

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    icier would have regarded as of supreme nationalimportance.An example of this occurs in the account of

    the reign of Omri which, in spite of its being oneof the greatest in the history of Israel, is dismissedin four verses. "No historian," writes one of thefinest living scholars, "would have dreamt ofomitting all mention of Omri's conquest of Edom,which we know from the Moabite stone, or of hisrelations with Damascus, which we learn inci-dentally from the conversation between Ahab andBenhadad related in Kings. The natural infer-ence is that the compiler of Kings was notattempting to write a history (in our sense of theterm), but to give an account of Jehovah's deal-ings with Israel, deriving his material from docu-ments which he believed to be historical."

    If then the Jews, searching the Scriptures,in the light thrown upon them by their recognitionof the spiritual lessons conveyed through the his-torical elements of the text, failed to find in themthe testimony of the Christ; if Christendom, withthe additional evidence of the New Testament inits hands, and with the labors of generations ofthe most brilliant scholars to guide it, could notget a view of eternal Life very much more clearor practical than that of the Jews; but, if a

    Syrian carpenter, of whom the Jews themselves"marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man let-ters, having never learned?" could teach a handfulof Syrian peasants, from the pages of these very

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    Scriptures, the secret of the Christ is it notmanifest that the searching must be done lessintellectually and with more humility, less mate-rially and more spiritually ?

    In a word, mankind, in order to be successfulin its search, must learn that, in the words of Mrs.Eddy, on page 320 of "Science and Health withKey to the Scriptures," "The one important inter-pretation of Scripture is the spiritual ;" and mustturn aside from literary and critical specula-tion, however engrossing, and from historicalresearches, however interesting, to search theScriptures as Jesus searched them, with an inter-est shorn of materiality, and intent on spirituality.It was because Mrs. Eddy searched the Scripturesin this way that she learned from them the secretof the teachings of Christ Jesus, knowing that inthem we have eternal Life; for he said to hisdisciples, on the eve of the crucifixion, "This isLife eternal, that they might know thee the onlytrue God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."

    Spiritual things, Paul told the Corinthians,are spiritually discerned; and that saying is astrue anywhere in the world today as it was inCorinth in the first century. If any man wishesto discern the spiritual meaning of the Bible hewill have to train himself not intellectually but

    spiritually. He will have, that is to say, to acceptthe standpoint of the Galilean hillside in prefer-ence to that of the universities, and to learn thatthere is one intelligence, not many, and to demon-

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    strate his knowledge not in theological theories,but in Christian healing. In the religion of ChristJesus theory is inseparable from practice, under-standing from demonstration, preaching thegospel from healing the sick. The early JewishChristians healed the sick, not because they weremore conversant with the Law and the Prophetsthan the Pharisees, but because they understoodthe Law and the Prophets in the light of thespiritual explanation of Christ Jesus.The Christian Science church is healing the

    sick today not because of a knowledge of theBible intellectually superior to that of the ortho-dox churches, but through a spiritual understand-ing of the text derived from a study of the Chris-tian Science text-book, "Science and Health withKey to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy. The treeis known by its fruits, the value of a theory tbyits practice. A practical Christianity has to betested by the practice of Christ Jesus. He saidpreach the gospel and heal the sick, but he alsosaid search the Scriptures. The Discoverer andFounder of Christian Science succeeded becauseshe obeyed him at all points. Her search was de-voted not to an intellectual study of a historicaldocument, but to spiritual pondering over a figura-tive one, and in her own words on page 109 ofScience and Health she won her "way to absoluteconclusions through divine revelation, reason,and demonstration."

  • 'THE INHABITANT SHALL NOT SAY,I AM SICK."

    "You are sick," they said. "But that isn't thetruth"

    And the woman shook her head."The Bible declares, he that dwelleth in God'

    Shall not say, I am sick," she said.And she held to the truth thro' a starless night,Till the morning proved that her words were

    right.

    "You are tired," they said. But she smiled at that."How can I be tired," said she,

    "When the only work is work for God,And He is my Life, you see?"

    And she quietly went her busy way,With a happy song in her heart all day.

    "You are poor," they said. But she only thought,How little they know ! God speed

    The day when the world awakes to findThat Love is its only need.

    And she still maintained, as her fortune grew,Not money, but Love if they only knew !

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    "You're afraid," they said. But she whisperedlow,

    As if talking to some one near,"Father, since Love is the only power,What is there left to fear.?"

    And giving her hand to that unseen guide,She crossed through the waters at His side.

    "You are sad," they said. But a brave heart shoneThrough the glimmer of tears unshed ;

    And the answer came, "We are told to rejoice,To rejoice evermore," she said.

    And she faced her grief with such steady eyesThat the world looked on in a dazed surprise ;

    For the world knows not of the peace that comesTo a soul at-one with God.

    It is only those who are