Christian Science teaches us to strive to lift our vision...

Liverpool (Eng.) Courier

Christian Science teaches us to strive to lift our vision above the evidence of the material senses out into the wide infinity of absolute truth, out from narrow, relative view where evil seems so real, and so much would seem to contradict the omnipresence of love and good, into the understanding of God as All-in-all, and the consequent recognition of the unreality of anything unlike Him. And it is this knowledge of God which Christian Science shows to be the healing Christ, redeeming us from sin and saving us from evil; not, as our clerical critic would have his hearers believe, exempting one from the responsibility for wrong-doing on the ground that evil has no reality, but destroying all the seeming power and attractiveness of evil by the comprehension of the omnipotence of good.

It is the teaching of Christian Science to rely to the very utmost on God, and that evil only appears in human experience in the absence of such reliance. Our critic asserts that the teaching of absolute reliance on God is a source of grave danger. When this charge of "absolute and exclusive reliance on God" is considered in connection with the immediately preceding statement that "many of the alleged cures could only be explained on the supposition that the powers of darkness had been exerted," there ceases to be any need for criticism. The answer that the great healer gave to those who accused him of casting out devils through Beelzebub is the answer to the same charge given today by those who are humbly trying to carry out his express command to heal the sick in the manner he meant that healing to be done.

By its fruits Christian Science is to be judged. Where it is so judged there is never any doubt as to the verdict, for those who have honestly applied its teaching are able to say that they have found a practicable and provable religion, one that has taught them to know; not merely to believe or to think, but to know that their Redeemer liveth.

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