The Truth of Christian Science

There is no greater proof of the truth of Christian Science than the fact that so far as it is understood it is demonstrable. To demonstrate, according to its Principle, over one sinful or sickly is to prove, at least by induction, its infinite possibilities. To deny its Principle, after having demonstrated it, is impossible. The Christian Scientist, or even the student of Christian Science, when pressed by despair and discouragement, never thinks of returning to the "weak and beggarly elements." He feels as Peter must have felt when he said, To whom shall we go, if not to thee, O Lord? He knows he has nothing to go back to, for he has invariably reached his extremity before trying Christian Science.

In the necessary process of development from sense to Soul, he has ceased to be a caterpillar and he is not yet a butterfly. He is in that chrysalis state of thought where he is putting off mortality and putting on immortality. If asked in the moment of his darkest despair when his soul (sense) is most cast down, "Would you again become a worm and crawl among the shifting sands of your old beliefs of theology and medicine?" His answer would be an emphatic "No!" He has tried these and they have proved to be vexation of spirit (thought). He has learned through the Science of Being that he is now the son of God, and while it does not yet appear what he shall be, he is willing to wait until he emerges from his chrysalis and awakes in His likeness.

Sometimes he attempts to force his way out, but he soon learns that he cannot take the kingdom of heaven by storm; he must let patience have its perfect work. Forced spiritual growth is like any other forced growth, it is superficial. The forced strawberry may be fair to look upon, but it lacks flavor and substance. In our anxiety to become a butterfly, let us not lose sight of the fact that we have much cause for gratitude in that we are not still a worm.

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The Way of Progress
August 28, 1902

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