All who do not take medicine are by no means Christian Scientists.
Christian Scientists do not consider that the healing of the sick through divine aid is any more of a miracle than is the healing or reforming of the sinner through the same means.
It has been urged by many among those who have not experienced the boundless joy of this spiritual healing, that it is not the Christ healing because not instantaneous and not always successful; and also that if Christian Science can heal one it can heal the world.
I am sure the Field will be interested in the following letter from the warden of the Colorado State Penitentiary.
A lecture on Christian Science was given at Evans Hall, Sunday afternoon [October 9], by the Hon.
The author of the Christian Science text-book takes no patients, does not consult on disease, nor read letters referring to these subjects.
Beloved Christian Scientists :— Keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them.
We have been requested to say something further in the Sentinel regarding numerous books which, with those who know but little of Christian Science, pass current as authorized or approved Christian Science literature; but this ground has been covered so many times in our periodicals that there seems little more to be said, and we therefore take the liberty of repeating an editorial which appeared in our issue of December 3, 1904.
An interesting report of prison work may be found on another page, and perhaps the feature most deserving of notice is the fact that the workers wisely avoided the common mistake of attempting much in the way of personal explanation, and allowed the "word of life" to do its own work, as it surely will, sooner or later.
THAT was a very sensible and suggestive word which Professor James uttered recently, when he said that in the event of our inability to reach a definite judgment respecting any vital question, we would always do well if we allowed our hope and better emotions to tip the scale, and decide for us in favor of an optimistic conclusion.
London, January 24, 1905.
While attending school I was often troubled by my defective eyesight.
To be able to bear witness to the great healing power of Truth and Love is to me a positive proof that there is a God.
I did not come to Christian Science for physical benefits, but through the healing work done for others, which I had seen.
It is a little over five years since I became interested in Christian Science.
The revelation of Truth has come to me through the understanding of Christian Science, and where there was once a wilderness of disquiet, disease, discouragement, and discontent, there is now a haven of rest, peace, and joy, with increase of confidence and courage.
With gratitude to God I acknowledge my lifelong debt to Christian Science.
About three years ago I became acquainted with a Christian Science practitioner.
I have just finished the reading of Professor Hering's letter to our dear Leader in the Sentinel of December 24, and the thought came to me to give to the Field my experience with the Lesson-Sermon mentioned in his letter.
For three years Christian Science has been the only physician in our family.
Jesus fed the hungry, walked on the sea, commanded the waves, and because of this his followers should realize the power of Truth over error of every kind.
Having waited for so long, it is now clear to me that I should relate my experience in Christian Science, and I hope that others may derive benefit therefrom.
It is with much gratitude to God that I acknowledge some of the benefits received since taking up the study of Christian Science.
When day is done, dear, can you seeUpon time's page just turned by thee,One deed of love or mercy tracedBy willing hand?
If at this Christmas season those men and women upon whom fortune has smiled years of great prosperity feel moved to make the occasion as joyous as it can be made for their less fortunate fellow-beings, let them consider the wisdom of converting the old spirit of feudal patronage into the living, modern spirit of democracy.
The Christian Science Text-Book.