KEEPING SILENCE BEFORE GOD

The mission of Christian Science is to silence material belief and will-power, and to prove thereby "the unlabored motion of the divine energy in healing the sick" (Science and Health, p. 445). When its divine purpose has been fulfilled, "the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." How this idealistic condition shall ever be realized, is a question of vital moment to every human being. A prayerful study of the Christian Science text-book in connection with the Bible will reveal the answer. In a word, it is the silencing of everything which "worketh abomination, or maketh a lie," the overcoming of all that is unlike God, good. The prophet Habakkuk says, "The Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him;" and the very first step in this great work which confronts the sons of men is to cease thinking evil.

The would-be follower of Christ who imagines that he can overcome evil while thinking that it has God-sanctioned power, presence, and reality, will sooner or later see the folly of trying to extirpate something whose existence and reality he does not question. In Christian Science he learns that wisdom does not warn him against evil, as if it were something, but against thinking or believing in evil. If he is truly sincere and honest in his desire to "know the truth," he gladly makes use of this all-important fact and begins to acknowledge, with at least some degree of enlightenment, the Biblical teaching that God, good, is All-in-all. While believing in evil he had utterly failed to comprehend the significance of such teaching; now it appears to him in a new light, and much to his surprise he finds that he can make practical application of his newly acquired understanding of God in the healing of disease, and he very naturally exclaims, "How simple it is; why did I not see it before?" Why do not thousands of professed Christians understand Christian Science instead of ignoring it? Because they insist upon believing that there is a real opposite to God, endowed with power to defeat the divine purpose, and because they do not go far enough to silence their unbelief by applying the truth of God's allness to the treatment of moral and physical disease,—a test which Jesus referred to as his sole proof that he was preaching the gospel, or "godspell," to the world.

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