The words "reflection" and "belief" are used so often by our Leader in her endeavor to elucidate the subject of Christian Science, the study of which is enabling its students to enjoy an ever-increasing understanding of God and man, that a consideration of these words may throw added light upon our path.
After presenting a long list of trials and afflictions, Paul says: "In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
To a vast number of people, probably to the great majority of the citizens of the world, Christian Science healing still stands for a purely medical process.
Permit me to write a word in answer to the reference to Christian Science that appeared in the report of a sermon preached in a local church.
A recent sermon by one of the good brethren of an orthodox church tells us that "if the church of today were more spiritually alive, Christian Science would decline; when faith in prayer is rekindled, and the Sermon on the Mount is applied to business and politics, the bottom will fall out of these side issues and the church will return to its own.
The editor of the X-Ray Bulletin, while not a Christian Scientist, is not wholly uninformed as to the teachings of Christian Science, and well knows that among the considerable number of Christian Scientists whom it has been his pleasure to know, are only those who are considerate of one another and of their neighbors, kind, generous, public-spirited, progressive, and patriotic.
In a recent issue I notice an excerpt from a criticism stating that "we make our own worries, and then repeat the error by resorting to Christian Science for relief.
Christian Scientists contend that all God's children are "called to be saints," and they strive to comply with the further Scripture, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect," but reasonably base all effort to this end upon the sublime logic of Paul in the words, "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Christian Science does not teach that there "is no sin," in the sense our clerical critic seems to believe, but it does teach us how the Christ overcame, and still overcomes the belief in the reality of sin, sickness, and death.
Those who know something of the teachings of Christian Science, who have seen the sick and the dying restored to health and the characters of men reformed through its ministrations, cannot but wonder why a clergyman of the Church of England should feel called upon to refer to Christian Science as a "modern folly, which is neither Christian nor scientific.
A recent issue reports a local minister as saying, "The only effective way to answer Christian Science is to offer the people a Christ able to heal the body in sorrow and sickness.
"Why, God loves me as much as He does any one else, and if I am in trouble He is surely going to help me out.
In the ninth chapter of Luke is recorded the sending forth of the twelve disciples whom Jesus had selected, and although his instructions to them are given in some detail in this and other chapters of the gospels, it is noticeable that the real purpose of their going forth is stated in a single terse sentence, namely, "And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick"—truly a momentous mission succinctly stated.
We occasionally hear the remark from outsiders that Christian Science is not a spiritual religion, because from their point of view the emphasis is largely laid upon physical healing.
The history of the children of Israel is in large part the story of God's remembrance and of their forgetfulness of His covenant with them.
It is almost a year since I became acquainted with Christian Science.
I am a traveling auditor for a railroad company, and as such am obliged to be away from home and among strangers much of the time.
It is with a heart filled with gratitude that I give this testimony of what Christian Science has done for me and mine, trusting that it will bring hope to some one who is struggling along as I was sixteen years ago.
Through the teachings of Christian Science I have been released from a great bondage of fear,—fear of weather, of colds and climate.
Rarely in my life have I given a testimony with more gratitude and sincere joy than on the present occasion, which calls for the following statement from my pen.
In gratitude for the many benefits I have received from Christian Science treatment, I desire to add my own to the long list of testimonials from all over the world, with the hope that I may disabuse any person of my age.
Two years ago I learned of Christian Science, and so many have been my blessings that now I pray God to make me grateful for them all.
I wish to give thanks to God for Christian Science.
I give this testimony trusting that it may help some one who has hoped against hope for relief from suffering.
My thought is full of gratitude as I recall the many ways in which I have been benefited through Christian Science.
I cannot express in words my gratitude for what Christian Science had done for the and my family.
A child in the valley village,I gazed with rapture awedOn the mountains' crown near the little town,And fancied they brought some blessing downTo those below who must toil and plod,So I called them the hills of God.
[The Universalist Leader]
The Christian Science Text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.