Christian Science: The Light of Truth (2)

 

George Shaw Cook, C.S.B.

Member of the Board of Lectureship of The Mother Church,

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts

 

A large audience at the Murat theater yesterday afternoon heard "The Light of Truth," a Christian Science lecture, by George Shaw Cook of the Board of Lectureship, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, of Boston, Mass. True and false creation, cause and effect, the healing of fear of failure and other topics were discussed by the speaker. The meeting was under auspices of the Second Church of Christ, Scientist. The speaker was introduced by Clark E. Mallery.

 

A little more than half a century ago, said the speaker, an earnest seeker for truth - one who had long been buffeted by the unsatisfying philosophies of the human mind - was driven to the very brotherhood of mortal existence by the all but fatal cruelty of an accident.

In the last extremity of human need this deeply religious woman turned unreservedly and forever away from matter to divine Mind as the one and only savior, and was restored to normal health. Having been healed by the power of God, it was only natural that she should have turned to the word of God for an explanation of her cure. Patiently and prayerfully studying the Scriptures for the purpose of discovering the principle and law of her deliverance, this faithful woman - Mary Baker Eddy - continued her search until it was revealed to her that the eternal Christ, which enabled Jesus to heal the sick and raise the dead is present with and available to mankind now.

 

Truth Demonstrated Beyond Question

This revelation of the truth was put to practical test by Mrs. Eddy and demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt, and was then embodied by her in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," which was first published in 1875. Through the study of this book and the practice of its teachings, many were redeemed from sin and healed of inveterate disease, and some were turned back from the very gates of death. In this manner was formed a nucleus for the Christian Science church, which in 1879 was organized to "commemorate the words and works of our Master" and to "reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing" (Church Manual, page 17). This church was later reorganized, as The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston. Mass., of which all authorized Christian Science churches are branches. The Mother Church and its many branches, together with the denominational activities of Christian Science, now constitute a mighty movement that is literally encircling the globe.

Without adaptation to the needs of mankind the Christian Science church as an institution would have no good reason for existence. In order to justify its presence among men, the Church of Christ, Scientist, must be ready to answer, not theoretically but practically, the all-important question, What is Christian Science able to do for suffering humanity?

The answer which it makes to this question is, "Christian Science heals sickness and sin. It breaks the bands of appetite and passion. It lifts the burden of fear and care."

 

Thousands Declared Relieved From Sickness

Through the ministry of Christian Science, many thousands have been raised from beds of unspeakable pain. Others have been rescued from lives of immorality and vice. Others still, have been freed from the bondage of poverty and incompetency. Now, it is possible that some of these persons would have recovered from their sickness under other forms of treatment or without any treatment. It is probable that some would have been reformed by different means and that others would have become prosperous in another way. But it is a fact that many of them were utterly hopeless and apparently helpless in their misery until Christian Science showed them a way out of it.

How were these people healed of diseases which, in many instances, had baffled the physicians? They were healed by the Christ, Truth, which takes away the sin and heals the sickness of the world. They were healed by reason of the knowledge that sickness is not natural to God's man, that it is no part of man's true nature. They have found that the fear of sickness and of other forms of evil is unnecessary because every phase of evil is temporal and destructible. And, best of all, they have gained through Christian Science a more perfect understanding of God. They have learned that God is as the Scriptures declare, Life, Truth, Spirit, Love. God was revealed to Moses as I Am, and surely I Am can be nothing less than the one self-existent and eternal Being or Life. In the thirty-second chapter of Deuteronomy God is referred to as "a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he." Jesus said "God is a Spirit," or, as the revised version of the New Testament puts it, "God is Spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." John, the beloved disciple of Jesus, said: "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."

Christian Science also defines God as infinite, changeless, perfect, good. God good, being infinite, is limitless in capacity, presence, power and activity.

 

Infinity of God Explained by Science

Christian Science further declares God to be infinite Mind, or divine Principle. But when using Principle as a name for God, Christian Scientists do not think of something abstract. Mrs. Eddy, in Science and Health, seldom refers to God as Principle unless she combines it with the word Love. She says, for example, "infinite Principle," or "divine Love," and that Principle which is synonymous with divine Love must be loving, tender, and merciful as well as exact, invariable, and impartial. So Principle as understood in Christian Science is seen to be the one ever present, ever operative, conscious, living, loving Principle of being - the only source, origin, cause, or creator of all that really exists. The only basis or foundation of all reality.

Since nothing is more certain than that effect must be like cause, Christian Science shows that God, the only Cause, being Spirit, or Mind, His universe must be spiritual or mental. God's universe must, then, be a universe of thought. It must consist of thoughts or ideas that are Godlike - spiritual, good, harmonious, eternal, divine. This infinite universe of God or divine Mind, existing here and now, and embracing all creation, necessarily includes man as the image or likeness of God, Spirit, Mind. Thus we see that the present reality of man is in his mental or spiritual identity. This does not, however, refer to a finite mind, generally associated with the human brain, nor does it refer to a soul that is supposed to reside elsewhere in the human body, but it refers to man as the individual spiritual image, reflection, or idea of divine Mind, God.

Mrs. Eddy says on page 475 of Science and Health. "Man is idea, the image of Love: he is not physique." A modern dictionary definition of idea is, "That which embodies the essential nature of something." So man as the idea of God, or divine Mind, is that which consciously and perfectly reflects, expresses, manifests, or embodies the divine nature. And this agrees with the Scriptural record of creation contained in the first chapter of Genesis, for there it says that God made man in His own image. But the seventh verse of the second chapter of Genesis says that "the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life." The record of creation, contained in the first chapter of Genesis and the account beginning with the seventh verse of the second chapter are so different as to be absolutely irreconcilable.

 

Explains True and False Creation

The first record of creation declares that "the heavens and the earth were finished and all the host of them."  This finished universe of God is said to have been recognized by Him as being "very good." This very good and complete universe, according to the record, included man created "in the image of God." The second and materialistic account of creation is the very opposite of the spiritual record which precedes it. Man, instead of being the image of the eternal God, is said to have been made of temporal matter. In this story it is not even claimed that man is the likeness of God. Man, who in the first chapter is recorded as part of God's perfect, finished creation, is here supposed to have been recreated or remodeled from clay. But why a divinely intelligent creator would have need to remodel, a perfectly good universe or any part thereof is not explained.

If one accepts the first record of creation he will be obliged to reject the second account if he would be logical. Christian Science accepts the first or Elohistic record as a statement of spiritual creation, and explains the second or Jehovistic account as an allegory evidently intended by its author to depict the belief in a material creation. That Christian believers in general and theologians in particular pay much more attention to the mythical account than to the scientific record is to be regretted. Their emphasis in sermons and otherwise is frequently laid upon what they term "fallen" man. The tenacious belief in this myth with its "dust man," created by an anthropomorphic God, is responsible for all the ills to which flesh is heir. Mortal history is little more than a recital of the woes, the suffering, the tragedies which result from failure to discriminate between the true and the false. The supposed naturalness and inevitability of disease and death are due primarily to a false, material sense of man's origin and nature. Whereas the understanding that man is the spiritually created and immortal likeness of divine Mind makes freedom from these evils certain.  According to Christian Science nothing is really natural but good, and nothing is inevitable but the triumph of good.

 

Putting Off "The Old Man"

Through understanding the supremacy, the omnipotence of good, Christian Scientists are proving step by step their ability to comply with the injunction of Paul to "put off the old man" (the mortal, material, sinful sense of man), and to "put on the new man" (the immortal, spiritual, sinless manhood), which "is created in righteousness and true holiness." In this endeavor they are finding that their success is in proportion to the faithfulness and persistence with which they return in thought to the fundamental part which is the basis of all right thinking and living, namely, that when God made all that is and pronounced it "very good." He made man in His likeness: and that nothing has since happened or will ever happen to unmake or undo God's perfect work. The writer of Ecclesiastes said: "I know that whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever; nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it.'' And on page 557 of Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy says: "Divine Science rolls back the clouds of error with the light of Truth, and lifts the curtain on man as never born and as never dying, but as co-existent with his Creator."

According to Christian Science the putting on of immortality is not necessarily deferred until after passing through an experience called death, but may begin now and must continue until the perfect recognition of the immortality and supremacy of Life displaces all belief in the existence of something which is the opposite of Life - in sin, disease, death.

Christian Scientists admit that to human, or mortal sense, evil and matter appear real, but Christian Science agrees exactly with the prophet Habakkuk, that God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil." It explains that man as the perfect likeness of God cannot know something which God does not know. And Christian Science shows that the Mind which is God, infinite good, cannot embrace a knowledge of evil any more than light can include darkness. It explains that evil is contrary to the will of God, who is always good in purpose and in manifestation. Thus it induces the sinner to abandon his belief of satisfaction in sin and enables him to win forgiveness by forsaking sin.                     

It is, therefore, a mistake to suppose that in teaching the unreal nature of sin, Christian Science encourages the indulgence of sin. The fact is that it awakens its students to the absolute necessity of gaining a love for goodness that will enable them to abandon, willingly and gladly, not only the more flagrant forms of immorality and vice, but also the more subtle phases of evil. And Christian Scientists realize the need of recognizing sin or evil as a claim or false belief, of the carnal mind in order it may be demonstrated in human experience to be powerless and, in the absolute sense, unreal, for one is not likely to correct a moral error without first seeing it for what it is or what it claims to be, any more than he would correct a mathematical mistake without first recognizing it. And just as mathematical error is not disposed of by ignoring it, so one can not free himself from sin by ignoring it. Christian Science, therefore, shows the need of handling sin, or evil, as error, as a mistake, and of correcting it with Truth. Furthermore, it shows that true forgiveness of sin consists in its destruction, in the proof of its unreality. On page 497 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy says: "We acknowledge God's forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal. But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts."

Matter viewed in the light of Christian Science is seen not to be substantial, for it is not the manifestation of that Mind whose creation alone is incapable of decay. It is contended by some that matter is, directly or indirectly, the creation of God, who is admitted by them to be Spirit. But, it should be plain that God, who is Spirit and Life, could not possibly create that which is capable of disease, decay and dissolution.

 

Matter Substantial to Physical Senses

To the physical senses matter seems real and substantial. But Christian Science shows that these senses cannot be depended upon to testify to the existence of that which is, in the best sense, real. Paul said the natural man can not know the things of God, for they are spiritually discerned. And he also said: The things which are seen (cognized by the senses) are temporal; but the things which are not seen (by the senses) are eternal. So Christian Science shows that matter is in fact temporal, destructible, illusive, while the things of Spirit - the ideas of God, or divine Mind - alone are really substantial and enduring.

The teaching of Christian Science that matter exists only as belief, as a concept of the human or carnal mind, enables one to deal more intelligently, hence more successfully, with disease than was possible without such knowledge. For it enables one to see, more clearly than he was formerly able to see, that pain and suffering are not material but mental. Ordinary experience shows that pain is difficult to locate. The senses often make pain appear to be where it is not. Christian Science says that pain is never in the body but always in thought or belief. So the Christian Scientist in his treatment of sickness goes directly to the seat of the trouble.  His endeavor is to correct or remove through righteous prayer, or right thinking, the mental cause of the disease.

 

Cause and Cure of Disease

The teaching of Christian Science relative to the mental nature of disease has to a very great extent changed the world's thought on this subject. Many observing physicians are willing to admit much in this direction; more indeed than some laymen. Physicians of standing have agreed that rage and fear will immediately produce a radical chemical change in the blood. Daily experience shows that acute fear will often be directly expressed in a pale, and anger in a flushed face. Grief brings tears to the eyes and worry causes insomnia and indigestion. Since we are convinced of the mental causes of these physical effects, does it not seem entirely reasonable to agree with the statement of Christian Science that, primarily, all disease has a mental cause. But Christian Scientists do not contend that all sickness is the result of conscious fear or of willful wrongdoing on the part of the victims of disease. They merely claim that somewhere back of all bodily diseases there are erroneous conditions of thought which must be discovered and corrected before there can be a permanent cure.

May not this explain why Christian Science has healed many chronic cases that medicine had failed to cure? Is it not plain that physicians in their treatment of these cases were not getting at the root of the difficulty, because the drugs and medicines which they prescribed could not reach, nor have any effect upon the mental cause of disease? Can non-intelligent drugs reasonably be expected to influence thought? Could one well expect medicines to have power over such emotions as anger, jealousy, worry, fear and grief? And yet, even from the medical point of view, these erroneous thoughts are seen to be frequent causes of disease.

Perhaps the most prolific cause of disease is fear. Fear is in fact the greatest enemy of mankind. It one doubts this somewhat radical statement, let him pause long enough to consider some of the things of which people are afraid. They are afraid of weather, food, germs, criticism, failure, and poverty. And the Bible tells us of those who "through fear of death'' are all their lifetime subject to bondage.

 

Removal of Fear Declared Blessing

The complete removal of fear from the consciousness of humanity would unquestionably be a wonderful blessing. Christian Science shows that fear is needless. It explains why it is needless. Thus it removes fear. Take the fear of criticism as an example. Christian Science helps one to see that he need not fear criticism. If criticism is just it should be welcomed, because just criticism helps one to correct mistakes. But even when criticism is unjust it need not be feared, because in the last analysis it can not make much difference what other people think. It is only what we think that should seriously concern us. If what others think is not true it may injure them, but it cannot harm us if what we think is true.  Hence we should be sure that our thoughts are honest, just, pure, loving, considerate, and if they are we need not be in the least afraid of what others are thinking about us or about anything.

Then there is the fear of failure, which seems to follow many persons, almost continuously, from the "cradle to the grave." Christian Science shows that in the realm of reality, in the universe of divine Mind, there can be no such thing as failure. Failure resulting from absolute principle or from the intelligent reflection of principle is inconceivable.

It is, even in daily business experience, lack of principle that causes failure. On the other hand those qualities which insure true success are intelligent activity, energy, health, persistence, faithfulness, honesty, etc.

Christian Science shows that these qualities, if enduring, are not personal possessions; they do not originate with the individual and can not be monopolized by him. They are the manifestations of divine Principle, the ideas of infinite Mind. They are, therefore, universal and available to all alike. Every business man and woman knows that next to honesty the quality most needed in the business life is wisdom.  "Wisdom," the Proverbs tell us, "is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding."

 

Real Success Not Material

So after all it is not prestige or power or money or any material thing that insures real success.  It is wisdom and understanding. And what the business man needs first and last, is the understanding of Principle, of Truth, of Love. This understanding shows us that man's real business as the son of God, as the exact image - the conscious reflection - of divine Mind is to express eternally, without interruption and without limit, the might, majesty, dominion, abundance, activity, harmony, goodness and perfection of his creator.

To be thus employed is to be truly "about the Father's business." That is man's real business. That is your real business. It is a success. It cannot fail. God never made man to be a failure. The man of God's creating is the very best kind of a success. Knowledge of these facts constitutes real law and power. This divinely bestowed understanding acts as law in your present human experience to annul fear, to remove limitation, to rightly direct your affairs and adjust your relationships. And, remember, that "however things may seem, no good thing is a failure and no evil thing a success."

The fear of criticism and of failure are only two of the many phases of fear from which Christian Science is healing mankind.

In like manner Christian Science enables one to overcome other kinds of wrong thinking such as envy, hatred, revenge, greed and avarice, through understanding that these evil thoughts do not emanate from Truth, the infinite, divine Mind; hence they are without real cause or existence.

As has been previously indicated, all sickness does not, even from the Christian Science viewpoint, result from willful sin or from conscious fear. Disease is frequently the effect of generally accepted beliefs of the human mind which have mistakenly come to be regarded as laws. Among these will be found the so-called laws that appear to control the effect of food, climate, contagion, and heredity. Christian Science shows that these asserted laws which claim to hold mortals in bondage and cause them to sicken and die are not real laws. It teaches that, these mortal laws may be rendered void and inoperative, through enforcement of the law of divine Truth - which is the law of life and health. And it does not matter how long one of these supposed laws may have been believed in, or submitted to, if it can be set aside in its operation in a single instance it is proved not to be law. It is safe to say that Christian Science practice has annulled every so-called "health law" - not in one instance only, but in many instances. And Jesus, it will be recalled, healed the sick, raised the dead, fed the multitude, and walked on the water, not in conformity with, but in absolute disregard of, so-called material laws.

 

Disease Seen Only In Human Belief

From the Christian Science point of view the supposed causes of disease and the diseases themselves exist, or seem to exist, merely in the realm of human belief. They are, so to speak, relatively true, but absolutely false. In absolute truth, in the realm of divine reality, there is no sickness and no cause for sickness. But through overcoming those beliefs which in human experience seem to ultimate in sickness and death, Christian Science is gradually leading its students away from belief in and fear of death. "For," as Paul wrote in his epistle to the Romans, "to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." What is meant by being carnally minded but to believe in the reality of those things which are carnal - matter and evil? And that, Paul says, is death. But to be "spiritually minded" - to understand the reality of that which is spiritual and good - is life. This abiding sense of life is spiritual and comes to us through right thinking. Jesus said. "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.'' To know or to be conscious of God through reflecting those ideas that are good and true, is to live, and there is no other real life.

Some who are not entirely familiar with the teaching of Christian Science believe that its practice consists in the effort of one person to benefit another person by exerting the influence which one human mentality is supposed to have over another. The fact is that Christian Science regards the so-called human or mortal mind as the cause of all discord, including disease, and regards the immortal or divine Mind as the only effectua1 healer of mortal discord. There is no recorded utterance of Jesus to indicate that he believed his power to heal the sick and reform the sinner depended upon the exercise of human will. He prayed and taught his followers to pray, "not my will, but thine be done"; and Jesus said: "I can of mine own self do nothing. The Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works." So Christian Science emphasizes, again and again, the fact that there is no permanent deliverance from human ills, save through the transforming power of divine Love.

 

Divine Mind Action Not Dependent on Will

The action of divine Mind does not depend upon the exercise of the human will, but subjugates and controls it. The truth which Jesus said shall make free often does and always should touch and transform the consciousness of the sufferer as gently as light dispels darkness. Mrs. Eddy describes this process on page 445 of Science and Health, as "the unlabored motion of the divine energy in healing the sick." Let us make use of the illustration of light passing through the transparency of a window. It is evident that it is the light that destroys darkness, and not the window through which the light passes. So in Christian Science practice it is divine Spirit and not the human mentality which heals sickness and sin. And the Christian Scientist is striving to keep the "window pane" of his thought so clear and clean that it will not obstruct the light.

It should not be supposed that all Christian Science Mind healing is the result of what is known as treatment, either present or absent. Sometimes people are healed in conversation with one who speaks the Word of God with conviction and understanding.  Frequently healing has resulted from the rending of the Lesson-Sermons at Christian Science church services, and from public lectures on Christian Science. "He sent His word and healed them." Many persons have been perfectly and permanently healed of chronic cases of so-called incurable disease by studying the Christian Science textbook. It will be seen that since it is divine Truth that brings freedom from human error, it matters not whether Truth comes to the individual through silent treatment, through the spoken word, or through reading and study. The essential thing is that it comes to the one who is receptive. When it does come to such an individual, it is as certain to displace in consciousness everything unlike itself, as that light will destroy darkness.

And what happens when there is a case of Christian Science healing? Merely this: the light of Truth or divine intelligence penetrates the consciousness of the individual sufficiently clearly to dispel, at least in part, the darkness of ignorance, superstition, fear, and sin, and the body responds to the changed state of consciousness. The body cannot do otherwise, for it does not of itself have any power to be sick or to be well. The human body is grasped by, and held in thought, as surely as the doll or the rubber ball is held in the hands of a little child. How important it is then, that our thoughts should be controlled by Truth instead of error, by Life instead of death, by Spirit instead of matter. For as Mrs. Eddy says on page 425 of Science and Health, "Consciousness constructs a better body when faith in matter has been conquered."

 

Secret of Healing by Christ Jesus

What was it that enabled Jesus to heal "all manner of sickness and all manner of disease" among the people of his time? What did Jesus mean when he said, "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Surely he could not have meant that there was anything peculiar to the personal Jesus that could give rest and cure: for he later said, "the works that I do shall he do also." Must he not, then, have meant this: "Come unto the Christ, the true understanding of God, which I declare and teach and that will give you rest?" It was the Mind of Christ that healed, that Mind which was also in Christ Jesus," and it is that same Christ-mind which heals today in Christian Science. There is no other redeemer or savior but the one eternal, immanent, always available, omnipotent, divine Christ. Christ is the way, Jesus was the Wayshower.

It will not be seriously contended that Jesus the Christ used drugs in healing, or that he depended upon matter to facilitate his cures. The gospel record shows that he healed the sick, reformed the sinner, raised the dead by the power of God, divine Spirit, alone. If this spiritual method was God's way of healing in the time of Jesus, it must be His way now, for God is unchanging. If, on the other hand, the use of drugs is God's way, why did not Christ Jesus use them? If the combined use of prayer and medicine is God's way, why did not Jesus combine them in his practice? It is obvious that if medicine is of itself able to heal, prayer is not a necessary adjunct of the healing art. If prayer is efficacious, medicine is not needed. Christian Science teaches that God's "grace is sufficient" at all times and that His hand is not "shortened that it cannot save." But Christian Scientists do not claim that they never fail in their application of this infinite Science. They realize that they are just beginning to understand and demonstrate Christian Science. In spite however, of persecution and misrepresentation it has been proved in hundreds of thousands of instances that Christian Science is demonstrable and adequate.

 

Work of Christ Above His Words

The life of Christ Jesus makes safe the conclusion that he put his work above his words.  Although Jesus had sufficient faith in what he said to declare though heaven and earth   pass away, my words shall not pass away, still he also said: If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe me not, believe the works. Perhaps no other figure in history stands out so distinctly as the exponent of the doctrine of works, but in all ages great men and women have been immortalized because of what they did for the human race, rather than because of what they said in doing it. For example, the utterances of Abraham Lincoln have not been excelled in beauty and truth by those of any man of modern times. Yet if the words of Lincoln should be forgotten, he would continue to live in what he did for a stricken race and for a nation whose very existence was threatened.

No modern movement more strongly emphasizes the importance of works than the movement which has been built upon the discovery of Christian Science. One cannot be a Christian Scientist unless he is willing to do the works of Christian Science. The way of Christian Science is not a flowery pathway leading to distant Elysian fields of ease and peace. The way of Christian Science is the straight and narrow way of Principle. It leads directly to that harmonious mental activity which constitutes the kingdom of heaven within - right here and now. The life of the genuine Christian Scientist is a life of constant service, and he learns that in serving God and his fellow men he is laboring in the field of eternal Life. The very foundation of the Christian Science church was laid in healing works. Before the Christian Science textbook was published, its author and her early students had already demonstrated the propositions afterward laid down therein.

Since then students of that book in all parts of the world have been able to prove the truth of its teaching by removing sickness, poverty and other ills from  their  experience  according to definite rules of practice. This book is building for itself and for its author a monument of good works which cannot be destroyed, but which will endure to the end of time as an encouragement to those who are in distress.

 

Ultimate Acceptance of Truth

Undeniably, however, the tendency of the human mind is to resist that which in any manner differs from the existing order of things. Thus it stands in the way of its own progress. When Marconi announced that he had discovered a method of transmitting telegraph messages without the use of wires, he was scoffed at as a dreamer; but he had faith in his discovery and perseverance in perfecting it so that in spite of the erstwhile skeptics, the transmission of wireless message is now an hourly occurrence.

When Mary Baker Eddy announced that she had discovered the Principle and law of primitive Christian healing, and that because of this discovery it would become universally possible for the sick to be healed by divine power as in the time of Christ Jesus, her announcement met with ridicule and scorn. But Mrs. Eddy, too, had faith in her discovery. Yes, more than faith - she had the absolute conviction and confidence begotten of understanding and demonstration. Therefore, she was not dismayed by the storm of doubt which bent in upon her as the result of her proclamation to mankind. Because she knew her discovery to be genuine, she had the courage and faithfulness to perfect it and give it to humanity in the form of a textbook of demonstrable Science.

Little by little, scoffers and skeptics were compelled to admit that there is a power on earth today which heals sickness and sin as it did centuries ago. When the works of Christian Science thus compelled recognition, effort was made to discredit Mrs. Eddy as its discoverer; but this too, signally failed. Today, when there are in different parts of the world more than 1,800 Christian Science organizations founded upon the rock of Christ-healing, Mrs. Eddy is justly acknowledged not only as the Discoverer of Christian Science and the revered Leader of the Christian Science movement, but as one of the world's greatest religionists. And Christian Science is gradually coming to be recognized as the re-establishment or restoration of primitive Christianity. As this understanding becomes more general and consequently the resistance to Christian Science Mind-healing lessens, distressing conditions of human existence will continue to be ameliorated until they finally disappear. Each case healed in Christian Science practice makes humanity's burden lighter; and even now, through its beneficent ministrations, those who still feel obliged to doubt are being brought nearer to the light.

Mrs. Eddy has said of her discovery and of its reception, "I have never supposed the world would immediately witness the full fruitage of Christian Science, or that sin, disease, and death would not be believed for an indefinite time; but this I do aver, that, as a result of teaching Christian Science, ethics and temperance have received an impulse, health has been restored, and longevity increased. If such are the present fruits, what will the harvest be, when this Science is more generally understood?"

 

[Published in The Indiana Daily Times of Indianapolis, Indiana. The date of publication is unknown, however the reference in the penultimate paragraph to 1,800 Christian Science "organizations" is found in a copy of the lecture given in September 1919. The 1917 copy of the lecture lists 1,600 and a 1918 copy of the lecture that has been found listed 1,700, as did a copy of the lecture given in October 1919. Thus publication of this copy of the lecture is probably safely dated to the Fall of 1919 or later.]

 

 

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