This age cares little for dogmas and creeds; the value...

Shrevesport (La.) Times

This age cares little for dogmas and creeds; the value of religion nowadays is estimated by its effectiveness, and surely Mrs. Eddy's teaching is a religion of good works, since thousands of persons in this country and abroad are alive and well today through the benign influence of Christian Science, after having failed to recover through other means. Many a drunkard has been reclaimed, many a family feud has been destroyed, and thousands have been reformed through the strength gained in Christian Science.

A careful study of the Christian Science text-book, Science and Health, is convincing that Mrs. Eddy plants herself unreservedly upon the teaching of the Master, the fundamental lesson in Christian Science being our Lord's declaration, "God is a Spirit." She does not deviate from this premise in any of her conclusions. She endorses the Christ of the Bible, and the proof of this fact is the practicality of her religion. Jesus said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also." Christian Science proves its divine orgin, its consistency with the Christ, by its good fruits; even as the Master proved his divinity by good works. Jesus said: "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth." He taught that his departure was necessary to usher in the Spirit of truth. Thus the Master confirms Mrs. Eddy's teaching that the definite rule by which he performed his mighty works would be perceived as a result of a correct understanding of his life and works. The Spirit of truth is the spiritual understanding of Truth as distinct from material observation. It is that understanding which is deduced from the premise, "God is a Spirit," in contradistinction to the evidence of the material senses. Paul said, "The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other."

All these statements go to show that Jesus was guided by a consciousness which was wholly apart from material evidence. His ascension proved the unreality of mortal existence. He taught that flesh and blood cannot enter the kingdom of God, and yet he left no body of flesh to be buried. This mysterious disappearance, when properly understood, constitutes a demonstration of the unreality of matter. Pondering this question, Mrs. Eddy discovered the Science which it teaches. She had before her the convincing demonstration of the Master, and was thus strengthened in her faith, which otherwise might not have been sufficient. She ventured upon this discovery, and has proved its truthfulness by healing the sick. Her followers have done likewise, and are therefore quite as certain in the understanding of Christian Science as is the mathematician in his understanding of mathematics.

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October 30, 1909

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