IMITATIONS

Since Christian Science has proved such a success as a great healing and reformatory movement, the world has been flooded with various imitations of it. These (like other counterfeits) bear more or less resemblance to the original, and while the adage may be true that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," it is nevertheless desirable to be alert to the distinction between the genuine and the spurious.

Christian Science claims no patent or monopoly in the realization of the great love that God has showered upon humanity. We remember our Master's rebuke to those disciples who, seeing another doing miracles in the name of the Christ, sought to stay him because he followed not with them. Yet there is also recorded the warning that Jesus uttered concerning those who desire to climb into the sheepfold by some other way. Our Leader foresaw that the time would arrive when people would desire the benefits of Christian Science, but demand a more material teaching. The subtlety of error in these imitations is, that they are generally projected upon those who are just striving to learn their way in the truth. The writer knows some in this stage to whom literature purporting to be "just as good as Christian Science, without leaving the church," is being constantly introduced. In our early struggles to acquire more understanding of the truth we are tempted to read anything and everything that seems to bear upon this absorbing subject. I well remember sending for copies of a certain pamphlet, which I took to the friend who was helping me, delighted to show him how much Christian Science was being appreciated. I was surprised at the way the pamphlet was received, and it took me some time to realize that my purchase was really a parody upon the truth as taught in Science and Health.

July 31, 1909
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