Christian Scientists recognize that their one supreme endeavor...

The Telegram

Christian Scientists recognize that their one supreme endeavor should be to lessen the sum total of human misery, want, and woe, and they well know that this can be accomplished only through an exact, scientific knowledge of God and His divine Christ. Therefore I am not writing in the spirit of controversy, nor am I asking space to attack the religious beliefs of the several writers whose letters relative to Christian Science appeared in The Telegram. These writers seem to feel called upon to explain to your readers what they think Christian Science is, and to sound a warning note against it, that is, against their conception of it.

Christian Scientists are quite willing that their religious neighbors shall believe what they choose. In these days of multiplicity of sects, it is well that a spirit of tolerance and brotherly kindness should characterize the attitude of all professed followers of Christ Jesus toward one another. Each religious system should be permitted to stand or fall on its own merits. Critics of Christian Science would do well to remember the admonition of Gamaliel, uttered nineteen hundred years ago, "If this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to naught: but if It be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God."

It is not maintained that the large and intelligent following of Christian Science is, in and of itself, any evidence of the divine nature of this Science, neither did the wonderful growth and spread of primitive Christianity necessarily prove its divine character; and yet it is repeatedly said of the Master that great multitudes followed him. The assurance of Christ Jesus was, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." It is the vision of the Christ, as presented in Christian Science, which is drawing the multitudes. Christian Science, like primitive Christianity, has been making bad people good and good people better. It has been making sick people well and healthy people stronger and happier. Sinning, suffering, dying mortals naturally hail with delight the coming of their deliverer, hence the numbers that are turning to Christian Science.

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December 18, 1915

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