It is obviously necessary to approach this subject from...

It is obviously necessary to approach this subject from the point of view of one who has observed and experienced physical healing by spiritual means, and who stands before the question. "What next?" He sees that Christian Science cannot remain simply a means of ridding oneself of discomfort and pain. On page 150 of Science and Health it is stated: "The mission of Christian Science now, as in the time of its earlier demonstration, is not primarily one of physical healing."

What is called "religion in business" is generally viewed with suspicion, and yet among those who make little or no profession of religious belief one meets with an amount of manly honesty, generosity, and kindliness which contradicts the lamentations about the special wickedness of latter-day business life. Why this suspicion of the profession of religion while engaged in the conduct of business? Partly, of course, because it has so often served as a cloak; but chiefly, I think, on account of the supposed impossibility of applying the Sermon on the Mount to practical business. Many professing Christians tacitly, if not audibly, admit this, and draw a distinct line between their business and their religious life. Henrik Ibsen has caricatured this exclusion of one's religion from being an active influence upon the conduct of business in his study of human character represented by Peer Gynt. Peer had been carrying on a lucrative trade in idol-images to China, and tried to balance his account with God by sending out missionaries to checkmate the images. It is the old story of making religion a belief in a future-world salvation typified by the question of the Pharisees: "Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days?" They did not see that the healing of all manner of discord, sickness, poverty (witness the feeding of the multitude), and death was not only the inevitable result, but also the requisite proof of the truth of the religion preached by Jesus of Nazareth, and which he promised should make men free. The Pharisees had reduced religion to a set of doctrines without vitalizing power.

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