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The individual who would be a Christian Scientist must...
Chicago (Ill.) Journal
The individual who would be a Christian Scientist must first exalted sense of Deity. God must be enthroned in the consciousness as supreme. A better understanding of the nature and character of God broadens and elevates the human mind, and it begins to discern the truth of Jesus' command, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect," and Paul's admonition, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus," and to think on those things which are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. Thus thought becomes more spiritual, the separation between good and evil is more easily accomplished. God's eternal laws are recognized at least in a measure, and the great biblical truth that God made all that was made and it is good, becomes an important factor in the consciousness of such an individual. With an exalted sense of God as supreme, omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, embracing all life, all intelligence, all power, all true being, all law, the query naturally follows, "Whence comes the changing, transitory, sin-laden, and pain-racked condition of consciousness commonly called human existence?" Does such an abnormal condition of things emanate from an immutable God whose laws are changeless? Certainly not, and Christian Science helps the thinker to see why this abnormal phenomenon is not, cannot be, the offspring of Deity. That sin, misery, and false human theories abound, no one will deny, but that they exist as part of God's plan. Christian Science emphatically denies, because God's creation is perfect. Then to a consciousness which has been transformed by the renewing of the mind, the things which are changeable, fleeting, sinful, and discordant are entirely outside the realm of the real and must therefore be classed as unreal, and the condition of thought which is sufficiently exalted—spiritual—to know this, can and does displace the erring beliefs resident in the human mind, and the inevitable result of such action is the healing of sickness. But in such healing the Christian Science practitioner does not stoop to the level of suggestion which, according to our critic, has been and is being used by mesmerists, faith curists, mental healers, hypnotists, quacks, and reputable physicians. Suggestion is the operation of one human mind controlling another through statements which the operator himself does not always believe.
Adherence to the spiritual teachings of Christian Science renders of no effect all the theories about suggestion and all the laws and rules of psychology as taught in the schools, and it is to be deplored that Christian Science, which is a practical application of spiritual law, should be considered from the basis of psychology as taught to-day.
A False Sense of God Destroyed
The Lesson-Sermon and Its Reading
REV. ARTHUR REEVES VOSBURGH.
God Known as Principle
An Extract from a Letter
A. T. M.
The Eternal Now
JENNIE WALBRIDGE BRIGGS.
with contributions from Martha Sutton Thompson, Governor Cummins
Christian Science at the Capital
Vinton A. Holbrook with contributions from Martineau
MRS. EDDY TAKES NO PATIENTS
"The things that be Caesar's"
"Confess your sins"
Annie M. Knott
Watching vs. Watching Out*
John B. Willis
Letters to our Leader
with contributions from Marjorie Colles, Florence E. Burtis, William R. Knox, Geo. M. Clough, Magdalena Pfeiffer, Mary Spargo Fraser
Although my parents had been Christian Scientists for...
William A. Partridge with contributions from J. T. Morris
I have known of Christian Science for rather more than...
Caroline B. Getty
Until about three years ago, I suffered from frequent...
Willet G. Ranney
As we grow into a realization of the protective power of...
Florence M. Pray
I never remember being without a headache and backache...
Edith S. Darlington
I wish to express my gratitude for what Christian Science...
Agnes R. Hoffinger
I cannot longer withhold an expression of gratitude for...
Sarah O. Bragg
I count it a privilege to give my testimony to the value of...
Minnie E. Woock
I used to be very bigoted with respect to Christian Science,...
Frank L. Elliott
In May, 1891, I first heard of Christian Science
I have been helped so much by reading the testimonies...
I first heard of Christian Science in 1898, through a...
I. N. Campbell
I would like to express my gratitude for what Christian Science...
Viola B. Hintjen
The upward look and cry,—yes, more of that we need...
Thomas Starr King
From our Exchanges
with contributions from Carroll D. Wright, John Whitehead
with contributions from Stephen A. Chase