What is Christianity?

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Is a Christian one whose great aim in life is to save his own soul ? who, in order to do this goes regularly to church, and whose supreme hope is to get to heaven when he dies ? We think that if there is anything a Christian is not, it is one with a selfish desire to save his own soul. If there is one thing more than another which Christian Science—as taught by Christ—seeks to extirpate from a man's nature, it is selfishness.

In the new version of the New Testament the word " soul " is translated " life." This marks a revolution in the popular theology, and it must mark a revolution in every heart when it comes to better understand that man's Christianity does not consist in merely seeking to purify and save his own soul, but those of his fellow-men as well. We are told in the New Testament that Christianity is leaven. "Leaven" comes from the same root-word as " lever," that which raises up— elevates. Then a Christian must be one who seeks to raise up or elevate the lives of those around him. " To bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to comfort all that mourn, to give beauty for ashes, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness."

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