In no one point is Christian Science so much misunderstood...

Wilmslow and Alderley (Eng.) Express

In no one point is Christian Science so much misunderstood as that of prayer. The Master said, "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Also, "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou nearest me always." Prayer, in Christian Science, is based on this teaching, on the assurance that through Christ, truth, we have all things in the Father. The true test of prayer is in the answer we receive to our petitions, and Christian Scientists are humbly grateful that through Mrs. Eddy's interpretations of prayer they are able to make their demonstrations daily in healing sickness and sorrow and in overcoming sin. Our critic says "there is no room for the atonement in Christian Science." The purpose of Jesus' mission was the reconciliation of man to God, to make man at-one with God. Jesus was the Wayshower, and through his example and precepts we are able in some degree to understand what it is to have that Mind in us "which was also in Christ Jesus." To be at-one with the Father is to be ever associated with a desire for good, for health, harmony, right thinking and right actions. The chapter in Science and Health on Atonement opens the door to a fuller understanding of the real efficacy of divine Love, and Christian Scientists are grateful to their Leader for having made the way so plain "that he who runs may read"—understand. "The deep things of God" can only be understood spiritually, and the demonstrations in the healing of sickness and the overcoming of sin through Christian Science, prove that this religion is both Christian and scientific. "These signs shall follow them that believe;... they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." "By their fruits ye shall know them."

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