Ask me, and I can tell you exactly when I fell in love with the Bible and made the shift from being a Christian with an interest in the possibilities of healing through prayer, to an actual scientist – a Christian Scientist – committed to the research and application of biblical principles in every aspect of my life.
I was seventeen when I attended a conference on the Bible given by noted Near East scholar and lecturer B. Cobbey Crisler. I think it lasted for two days. He traced the symbolism of Light in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. And I tell you, I felt the fire of holy inspiration kindle within me. It was like someone had not only given me a cookbook, but also the tools and skills to implement any recipe in that book. The spark of that conference set me on fire with the Bible’s message of healing.
I tell you, I felt what it must have been like for Jesus’ disciples on the road to Emmaus. They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"
I was inspired, yes. But it was more than that. I left that conference feeling empowered to take my Bible, study it, and apply the truth it contained to any life situation that could crop up. Up to that point, the Bible hadn’t held much interest for me. I knew many stories and had memorized loads of passages. But I hadn’t seen the relevance of it all in my own life yet.
Now the Bible was no longer an ancient compilation of myth and mystery. Its message came alive with contemporary meaning. I could see the roadmap, the route and movement of the divine light of Christ leading humanity step by step from darkness and fear to spiritual illumination and healing.
I was seventeen when I got it. It is this invariable divine Principle, this unfailing Love, this true God of Holy Scripture that heals. And all the ingredients and instructions are right there in the Bible. Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, puts the Bible’s tools squarely in your hands and shows you how to follow the recipe without fail.
An old Gas Company ad once said, “Now, you are cooking with gas!” I say, get into your Bible and you’ll be cooking with a cleansing, healing fire that never burns out.
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