The Soft Answer

As the lawyers tempted Jesus, asking his views on material affairs, so does mortal mind to-day tempt the student of Christian Science. The student, ever ready to give a reason for the hope that is in him, should distinguish between questions put by seekers for Truth and those asked out of craftiness.

If it is asked what we think of doctors or ministers; what of this or that denomination; what of marriage and parentage; what of the ultimate possibilities of Science; what of political questions or personages; or what of this or that prevalent custom, it is well to remember that it is not personal conclusions but the truth of Christian Science which should be given to the world.

To answer such questions in open approval of popular customs may bring condemnation from those who know some of them to be error, and may give a wrong impression of the teachings of Science; while to answer in unqualified disapproval may be to condemn those who are not worthy of condemnation, and this needlessly arouses antagonism. In either case your real meaning is lost, those whom you seek to help by your answer are really harmed, and the cause of Christian Science is misunderstood.

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Echo of the Communion
August 22, 1903

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