The Lectures

Mr. Bicknell Young lectured on Christian Science at Turner Hall, Monday evening, Feb. 12. He was introduced by Col. Thomas H. Ball, ex-Congressman from the Eighth District of Texas, who said in part,—

Christian Science has passed beyond the stage, if such ever existed, of the word "tolerance." The character, standing, and works of those who are its followers command respect, not tolerance. The belief of Christian Scientists, that it is their mission not only to point out the way whereby the sin-sick soul may be healed, but that all physical ailments and diseases can be cured without the use of medicines, is confronted by the greatest incredulity; the common saying is that "the day of miracles is past." It may be in harmony with the utterance of the defiant and rebellious infidel, "I deny," and the hardly less respectable exclamation of the agnostic, "I do not know," to thus meet the professions of the Christian Scientists, but those of us who, while not Christian Scientists, believe in the Scriptures from "cover to cover," can ill afford to mock at their belief and faith.

We know that under the old dispensation, when men walked with God, King Hezekiah was advised by the old prophet that he must die, but he turned his face to the wall in prayer, and his petitions were answered, his life spared for yet fifteen years; that when Elijah was undergoing dire persecution and was hidden from his pursuers, ravens were sent to bring him food; that when oppressed Israel was passing through the trackless wilderness, manna came from heaven to feed them; that the arm of Moses, stretched out with the strength of faith, struck the adamantine rock and there flowed therefrom, in crystal freshness, refreshing water for famished Israel; and that the waters of the sea divided, that they might walk across dry-shod and escape the flood which swept down upon their enemies.

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