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TEXT: Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God. — MATT. xxii. 29.

24The Christian Science Journal reported as follows: —

The announcement that the Rev. Mary B. G. Eddy would speak before the Scientist denomination on the

27afternoon of October 26, drew a large audience. Haw- thorne Hall was densely packed, and many had to go away unable to obtain seats. The distinguished speaker

30began by saying: —

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1Within Bible pages she had found all the divine Science she preaches; noticing, all along the way of her researches

3therein, that whenever her thoughts had wandered into the bypaths of ancient philosophies or pagan literatures, her spiritual insight had been darkened thereby, till

6she was God-driven back to the inspired pages. Early training, through the misinterpretation of the Word, had been the underlying cause of the long years of in-

9validism she endured before Truth dawned upon her understanding, through right interpretation. With the understanding of Scripture-meanings, had come physical

12rejuvenation. The uplifting of spirit was the upbuild- ing of the body.

She affirmed that the Scriptures cannot properly be

15interpreted in a literal way. The truths they teach must be spiritually discerned, before their message can be borne fully to our minds and hearts. That there is a

18dual meaning to every Biblical passage, the most eminent divines of the world have concluded; and to get at the highest, or metaphysical, it is necessary rightly to read

21what the inspired writers left for our spiritual instruction. The literal rendering of the Scriptures makes them noth- ing valuable, but often is the foundation of unbelief and

24hopelessness. The metaphysical rendering is health and peace and hope for all. The literal or material reading is the reading of the carnal mind, which is enmity toward

27God, Spirit.

Taking several Bible passages, Mrs. Eddy showed how beautiful and inspiring are the thoughts when rightly

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