Christian Science prohibits no one from eating or drinking...

Waterloo (Ia.) New Commonwealth

Christian Science prohibits no one from eating or drinking any of those things ordinarily recognized as articles of food; intoxicating liquors and tobacco do not, however, come under this classification, and while the tenets of the Christian Science church do not specifically prohibit the use of these things, yet the logical result of their practical application means the establishment of such conditions of thought as will absolutely eliminate all desire for either intoxicants or tobacco. Christian Science is a religion of love rather than an arbitrary "thou shalt not;" its teachings inculcate purity and spirituality of thought to such an extent that evil can find no lodgment. The Christian Scientist recognizes that fear and sin are the greatest procurers of disease, and his effort is to eliminate both.

It is very evident to the Christian Scientist that one cannot indulge in questionable practices, intemperance either in eating or drinking, in word, thought, or deed, and expect to enter into the complete harmonies which are guaranteed only to those who love God and keep His commandments. This religion includes regeneration, morally, spiritually, and physically, by the elimination from thought of all evil desires, thus making it impossible that the one healed should continue in the questionable practices which in the first place result disastrously. In other words, Christian Science is practical Christianity,—it inculcates purity of thought, holier desires, and those aspirations for goodness which alone are consistent with the highest ideals of Christianity.

John L. Rendall.
Waterloo (Ia.) New Commonwealth.

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Among the Churches
June 2, 1906

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