A gentleman told me that he was reading Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, but found several statements contradictory. He liked what he read overall but was having a hard time reconciling some of the statements with each other.
To help him get more out of the book, I used an analogy which I felt he would understand.
I said, “Reading Science and Health, and understanding what it has to say, is like listening to your wife, and understanding what she has to say.”
I asked, “Was there ever a time when your wife was trying to explain something to you, but you weren’t getting it? You weren’t discerning what she was saying because your thought was blocked with preconceptions, prejudgments, or opinions of your own that were getting in the way of understanding her message?”
I continued, “Reading Science and Health can be the same way. Its message makes sense when “you hear it,” but to understand the teaching its helpful to drop preconceptions, judgments and opinions. Be open to a new perspective that may be different than you’ve entertained, but still make perfect sense, when understood.
The message of Science and Health is that way. It offers a radical view of reality that sounds foreign to many people. But when understood, it makes sense.
If you are about to read the book, try dropping all preconceptions about what you expect to find, and let it speak to you. Let its voice be heard without prejudgment. It’s powerful and healing message is likely to get through much easier.