After All, Why Not?

In view of the continued suffering of the race, and of the undoubted evidence which Jesus gave of the power of Christianity to destroy both sin and disease, one might well ask why Christian Science should not be admitted to be true and capable of fulfilling its promises, notwithstanding the incredulity it has encountered and the discredit which some have sought to place upon its healing and redemptive work. What is there about the teaching of Christian Science that ought not to be true, or that is inimical to the well-being of humanity, or that brings dishonor upon Christianity? What part of its exalted morality, its sublime optimism, or its practical reliance upon God, good, would sound out of place from the pulpit of any church consecrated to the redemption of mankind from evil?

Those under the control of prejudice, or influenced by beliefs that others have formulated for them, may be ready to condemn Christian Science, and to feel that they are thus doing God service; but before continuing this course, they might better, in a humanitarian spirit, inquire into the nature, tendency, and Scriptural foundation of this Science, and see whether for the good of men it ought or ought not to be true. Let them grant the case and assume Christian Science to be true, and say what result other than good could ensue from its practice. Feeling the tremendous pressure of human misery, the awful agony that darkens every day of earth, what God-fearing, humanity-loving man can lightly dismiss or decry that which holds out such hope and promise as does Christian Science, and which has done so much towards their fulfilment?

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