A pamphlet by Mr.—, entitled "Why I am not a Christian Scientist,"...

Sterling (Col.) Advocate

A pamphlet by Mr.—, entitled "Why I am not a Christian Scientist," has been circulated in your city. It might be well for the gentleman to know that so long as he circulates or continues to voice the defamations given in his pamphlet, it would be impossible for him to be a Christian Scientist. Christian Scientists do not defame others, do not pervert the religious teachings of other churches, do not circulate falsehoods. They strive to live the golden rule and to obey and demonstrate the words and works of the great Master, Jesus the Christ. The pity of it is that exponents of religion in their attempts to injure Christian Science should permit themselves to resort to methods so unfair, and at the same time so contrary to the teachings and practice of the Master they profess to follow.

Christian Science came to the world because humanity needed a religion of works, a religion which would prove again the might of Spirit overcoming sin, disease, and death. This Mrs. Eddy gave to the world when she reinstated primitive Christian healing and proved that the healing power which Jesus and his apostles manifested was available here and now to free the sick, the suffering, the poverty-stricken, and the sorrowing. But the carnal, human mind has ever hated spiritual things, and as a result Mrs. Eddy was hated, persecuted, and maligned, as the Master was before her and as every pioneer of truth has been throughout the ages. But persecution, defamation, and abuse have not stopped the growth of Christian Science and will not stop it. This great religious movement will continue its course, unparalleled in history except in the early spread of Christianity, of purifying human thought until the happy state foretold by the prophet Jeremiah is made manifest: "And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord."

Critics of Christian Science, whether evangelists or pamphleteers, should pause in their efforts, and seriously ask themselves if it would not be better for them to seek to emulate the good works of Christian Science instead of belittling them. The best system of religion will ultimately prevail, despite unfair attacks. If these critics cannot heal the sick, it behooves them to recognize that the cause of their failure is not Christian Science, but their own misconceptions of the plain teachings of the Master they profess to follow. Their plain duty, therefore, is to conform to the command of Christ Jesus when he said: "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." When they have accomplished this they will find they have no quarrel with Christian Science, but are living in conformity with it. Until they do bring their teachings and practice of Christianity into harmony with the Master's teachings, they will continue to have the troubles which result from living in glass houses.

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