We believe the Rev. Mr. — will readily agree that one...

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We believe the Rev. Mr. — will readily agree that one profess Christianity and still be far from Christian. The proof of Christianity is not in words, but in works. When John's disciples went to Jesus to ask if he were the Messiah, Jesus referred them to his works, saying, "Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them," closing with that love-laden promise, "And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me."

Like Jesus of old, Christian Science answers its critics with its healing and regenerating works, knowing that while the world may refute the statement of Christian Science, it cannot deny its works. Christian Science congregations, springing up throughout the civilized world at the rate of one every three days or less, are made up largely of those who could not elsewhere find relief from sorrow, suffering, and sin. On page 135 of the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes: "Christianity as Jesus taught it was not a creed, nor a system of ceremonies, nor a special gift from a ritualistic Jehovah; but it was the demonstration of divine Love casting out error and healing the sick, not merely in the name of Christ, or Truth, but in demonstration of Truth."

Our critic may think it absurd to include the name of Mrs. Eddy in connection with the "great Biblical scholars" whom he mentions, but we should like to ask him if the study of the works of the scholars named in his letter has ever enabled him or any of his friends to destroy sickness and sin in Jesus' way. The study of the Christian Science text-book is daily enabling many to do this. Jesus said, "By their fruits ye shall know them," which is the only reasonable test.

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