The Real and the Unreal

The Truth-Seeker

Christian Science does not deny, but affirms the reality of man and the universe. It teaches that the whole of God's creation is real, perfect, and permanent. It denies reality to the belief that this creation is physical, imperfect, and mortal; and in all its denials it looks to the appearing of higher and more perfect expressions and evidences of the real universe and man.

While Christian Science teaches that all is in reality Mind and mental, it makes the same distinction with reference to the spiritual, divine, and immortal Mind, and the carnal, sinful, and mortal mind, as that made by primitive Christianity. It teaches that the real, spiritual, and eternal universe and man are phenomena of the divine Mind, while the material, sinful, discordant, and mortal sense of the universe and man are the phenomena or false concepts of the carnal mind. It also teaches that through the coming of Christ, divine Truth, through spiritual awakening and growth, these phenomena or false concepts disappear, and the real universe and man is perfectly revealed.

Those who have been liberated from sickness and other evils through Christian Science, and especially those who have been liberated after all other available means have been resorted to and found ineffectual,— and there are thousands of such persons,—know through the highest and most reliable proof that Christian Science does heal sickness, overcome sin, and make people happier and better. To discredit the testimony of those who have the highest right to know whereof they speak, and to credit the testimony of those who have neither proved nor disproved the claims of Christian Science, even those who do not know enough about the subject to state accurately its fundamental teachings, would be the very opposite of true rationalism. The only rational way to approach Christian Science is in the spirit of truth. The only way to know the truth or falsity of the teachings of Christian Science is to first know what these teachings really are. The only way to judge Christian Science is by its fruits.

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