The Lectures

Speaking to an appreciative audience that filled the Opera House, William R. Rathvon gave an interesting lecture upon Christian Science. He was introduced by Judge Henry E. Cooper, who said:—

Christian Scientists never proselyte and do not argue, but they are always ready to assist all who ask, and to make known to those who are willing, the truth as revealed in Christian Science. Sooner or later nearly every mortal comes face to face with a crisis. Usually the first effort is to battle against the condition by mere force of will or by reliance on a blind faith in God. In many instances victory seems to be won. Time, however, proves that in either case the result is not permanent, and the next test shows that the relief was only temporary. It was simply the casting out of one belief with another. Deep despair often follows the realization that there was no foundation to the support relied upon, and that it was a reed shaken in the wind.

It is here that Christian Science solves the problem after all other helps have been found wanting. There are many devout thinkers who would rejoice if they could but make God their confidence and demonstrate that it is possible for men and women to walk with God and talk with Him now as aforetime. For centuries this relationship had been lost. But the message came again, and we should be thankful that we live in this day, for through divine Love the way has been opened to us by a noble woman who through years of patient and loving work has established the rule by which we are enabled to recognize the sovereignty of Soul and have an abiding ability to understand God. The world owes much to Mrs. Eddy, the author of the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," for the blessings that have already been made manifest, and for the great uplift that is to come with the "signs following" described by Christ Jesus. The knowledge that man, created in the image and likeness of God, Spirit, is not subject to the passions and appetites which mortal experience tends to fasten upon men, comes as the dawn of day after the darkness of night,—first the faint rays of hope, and then the fulfilment of the risen day. The serenity of life which attends a correct comprehension of the Science of being, is the "pearl of great price,"—that peace "which passeth all understanding."

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