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The Bible -- problem solver

A college professor had just accepted a new position when the course she had been hired to teach came under criticism from several quarters. The suggestion was made that it should not be a requirement and perhaps should be taken out of the curriculum.

She was asked for, and accepted, an interview by a campus newspaper reporter who was one of her severest critics. Two hours before the interview she turned to the Bible for help.

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Bible truths, she knew from experience, would help immensely to calm her own thoughts and provide the best atmosphere for the interview. She knew God's will could only be the unfolding of good for everyone concerned, including the reporter.

She had a Bible with her and decided to go to a quiet place, the college library, and spend the two hours working with this book to discover more of her native unity with God as His cared for and valued child.

She opened her Bible to the Sermon on the Mount. Here she found, "Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." And, "Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain." n1 A needed reminder to keep her thought free of resentment.

n1 Matthew 5:39, 41;

Because of her anxiety about the interview, she turned to a familiar verse in Luke: "And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: for the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say." n2

n2 Luke 12:11, 12;

Her fear vanished. She felt a deep trust in God as the one divine Mind who holds all His creation in perfect harmony and wisdom.

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The interview went smoothly, with a great sense of good will and mutual understanding.

The subsequent report on the course aroused such interest that other reporters came and published more articles. A widely circulated magazine picked up the story, and the teacher received several letters, including one from a country halfway around the world. It now appears that the course may be adopted by many colleges nationwide.

The Bible has proved a help to countless people over the years. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, turned to her Bible (beginning with Matthew 9:2) for help after a severe injury from an accident. She writes: "As I read, the healing Truth dawned upon my sense; and the result was that I rose, dressed myself, and ever after was in better health than I had before enjoyed.

"That short experience," she goes on to say, "included a glimpse of the great fact that I have since tried to make plain to others, namely, Life in and of Spirit; this Life being the sole reality of existence." n3

n3 Miscellaneous Writings,m p. 24.

The Bible is indeed a timeless help. It is the Word of God to the executive, the farmer, the housewife, the schoolchild, the auto mechanic. Through the insight Christian Science brings into its tremendous truths, the Bible can be seen not only as a storehouse of profound theological ideas but as a practical, comforting, rousing, healing textbook. DAILY BIBLE VERSE Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of o ur Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:4-6

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