The real reason why there are so many followers of Christian Science...

Pipestone County Star

The real reason why there are so many followers of Christian Science is that it has turned people back to the study and spiritual meaning of the Bible, and enabled them to prove the possibility today of its practical application to all the problems of human existence.

This is an age of much talking and greater profession, and many persons seem to shirk the requirement of doing by spending much time in mere verbiage. The religion of Christ Jesus was not one of words but of works. He constantly turned his hearers from his speech to his deeds as the proof of the genuineness of his words. He healed the sick and saved sinners, not by preaching sermons or by self-assertion, but by bringing to them the light of God's love and truth, which banished the disease and lifted consciousness from the slough of sin. His religion was not doctrinal but practical. He was not satisfied merely to preach abstract truths, but insisted upon demonstration, and he prescribed the latter as the proper test of those who professed to have absorbed and subscribed to his teachings and to have faith in him. He said: "These signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." He likewise said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also."

It must appear very strange to thinking people that men who claim to be evangelists and are traveling around the country seeking to bring men to God, should lack that humility which was the predominant characteristic of the Master, and not only arrogate to themselves the claim of being the sole discoverers of the only pathway to salvation, but to withdraw all hope from the other vast majority because they may be seeking another, and perhaps a better, pathway. It also seems ill-fitting for a professed follower of the "Prince of Peace" to spend so much of his time in stirring up strife, in critical condemnation of others who cannot see things his way, and in preaching the doctrine of hate, dissension, and discord in the name of him whose command was, "Love one another."

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