The religious practise of Christian Science, healing its...

Chillicothe (Mo.) Constitution

The religious practise of Christian Science, healing its followers through the mental influence of a morally pure and spiritual reasoning, is fully in accord with Paul's preaching, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus," and it may be truthfully said to have been fully established and employed by our Saviour, Christ Jesus, nineteen centuries ago; who, in his daily and hourly ministration of divine Truth to the people, always accompanied his sermons by healing the suffering, needy, weary, and sinladen multitude who sought him at every angle of his busy life, feeling instinctively that he was their savior from evil of every sort; and thus he drew all men unto himself.

When the accredited motives of the leading religionists in the Christian world are considered, it must be presumed that they are all agreed upon one essential, namely, to save mankind from sin. All must admit that this process of saving is not yet finished, consequently every advance step, every gain in the ability to use the power of God, should be a cause for universal rejoicing. Jesus' parable of the householder should relieve any particular body of religionists in these latter days from an extreme anxiety to do the whole saving. Jesus likened the kingdom of heaven unto a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. Again about the third hour, he went out and employed more of them, and at the sixth, and ninth, and even at the eleventh hour, he again hired all available laborers. The day ended, the steward was told to pay the laborers for their day's work. Those who had been employed at the first hour, together with those hired at different times during the day, even unto the eleventh hour, received the same amount for their day's labor. "Every man received a penny." Those who had worked all day objected to this unique treatment, protesting that they had borne the burden of the day, and why should those hired at the eleventh hour receive the same compensation? But the lord of the vineyard answered: "Didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. ... The last shall be first, and the first last." So it is not how long one has been a religionist, but how much of a Christian character he is, that will count at the final hour.

None should misunderstand Christian Science or its Founder, Mrs. Eddy. Her mission was comprised in preaching and proving her spiritual discovery, i.e., the spiritual power of scientific right thought which teaches mortals how they may understandingly apply Jesus' healing ministry to themselves and others and enter into God's vineyard at the eleventh hour, or any other time for that matter, to work and live acceptably to the Master; to have the Mind of Christ.

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