A student of Christianity, as well as a student of mathematics,...

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A student of Christianity, as well as a student of mathematics, must serve an apprenticeship — if we may be permitted to use that term; he must begin as a child in his understanding of truth, and must grow "unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ," by continued application. We believe that this promise in the Apocalypse will eventually be fulfilled: "And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain : for the former things are passed away." That this foretells the final triumph of Truth is evident, for in connection with this prophecy we find. "He that overcometh shall inherit all things." This does not say that he who merely endorses the truth shall inherit all things, but that he who grapples with evil in himself and conquers, shall win the heritage of the sons of God. Christian Science reveals the possibility of overcoming all evil, imparting as it does the understanding of the omnipotence of God and the powerlessness of that which is opposed to Him. Though centuries may pass meanwhile, the Scriptural prophecy which we have already quoted shall eventually be fulfilled.

As to their immunity from sickness and death, Christian Scientists make no greater claims than do other Christians, though they may be more earnest and positive in their assurances regarding the final victory over all evil. Each successive generation, beginning where the former leaves off, will approach nearer and nearer to the final, complete triumph of righteousness and the entire abolition of evil. Just what may be the strength of the individual to cope with sickness and death cannot be estimated until tested. A wise Christian Scientist makes no promises in respect to his ability either to withstand trouble himself or to heal others, but he faithfully applies himself to each successive task which confronts him, deporting himself according to his individual ability. Though in the sight of supreme intelligence we may not always merit the benediction, "Well done," may it at least be said of us that we have done what we could.

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