It is quite likely that there were humorists in the time of...


It is quite likely that there were humorists in the time of Christ Jesus who sought to discredit his mission by playing upon the popular sense of humor, but how miserably such efforts failed to hinder the onward march of truth! What, in the light of subsequent events, could be more pitiable than the ridicule of those who, according to the gospel of John, crowned Jesus with thorns, put on him a purple robe, and in mockery hailing him as king of the Jews, "smote him with their hands."

In this time of the reestablishment of primitive Christianity, the Christ-healing is again misunderstood, and those who proclaim its presence among men are misrepresented and the weapons of ridicule are used against them. Nevertheless, there is a growing tendency on the part of the public to treat Christian Science fairly, and little by little the movement is coming to be recognized for what it really is. In confirmation of this fact I quote as follows from an editorial in the Kansas City Star, which is one of hundreds of similar editorials printed in the daily press after the passing of Mrs. Eddy:

"Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy was one of the remarkable personages of the long period of time her life inclosed. She was the moving spirit in and the chief exemplar of a religious and spiritual phenomenon affecting in some degree nearly the whole of the civilized world. The Founder of the Christian Science church developed a way of life and a spiritual creed by which many thousands of persons have found serenity of mind and a correlative physical well-being. In her own mind and body she exemplified the value of her teachings. Her long life closed amid the spiritual veneration and love of hundreds of thousands of associated religionists and the kindly esteem of almost the whole world."

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January 20, 1912

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