Perhaps one of the most unjust statements made by our...

Hamilton (Ont.) Times

Perhaps one of the most unjust statements made by our critic is that Christian Scientists "take the name of Christ and do the works of the evil one." If healing the sick and reforming the sinner are the works of the evil one, then Jesus himself was guilty of evil doing, and why should Christian Scientists be condemned for trying to follow in the Master's steps, since he is the greatest teacher and the highest example we can possibly follow. Jesus himself said that the tree was to be judged by its fruits, and instead of replying to John the Baptist's question as to whether he was the Messiah or not, he referred him to his own works as the greatest proof he could give of his Messiahship. Christian Scientists to-day are striving to the best of their understanding to do the works of Jesus, and they are succeeding in some degree in healing the sick, reclaiming the sinful, and bringing the agnostic and skeptic to a knowledge of the truth; liquor and drugs habits are being destroyed—habits often more deadly than disease; and men and women are made better and purer and happier, and the world is being made brighter and better, through the ministrations of Christian Science. These results count more with thinking people than all the denunciations and criticisms of those who have failed to grasp the true significance to humanity of this new-old religion, which meets all mankind's needs, physical, moral, and spiritual. The public will judge this Science, not by what its adherents or its opponents may say of it, but by the work it does. People will ask, Is it making mankind better and the world a better place to live in? Those who have had experience with it unhesitatingly answer in the affirmative.

If the critics of Christian Science were as energetic and as zealous in endeavoring to obey the Master's commands. and to do the works which he did, as they are to pick flaws in their neighbors, they would accomplish a great deal more towards the evangelization of the world and the bringing in of Christ's kingdom; for, after all, the only thing they can prove against Christian Science is that its teachings differ from their own on some minor points of doctrine. and not on the great fundamental truths of Christianity. Mrs. Eddy has always counseled her followers to be charitable and kind towards those of other faiths, and her own consecrated life has been a worthy example to all mankind. It might also be stated that the healing of Christian Science invariably lifts the beneficiary into higher spiritual understanding; and the study of Christian Science teachings, when honestly pursued, always awakens in the student a greater love and reverence for the Bible, whose teachings in the light of Christian Science are found to cover all human needs. Are such works as these the works of the evil one?

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