If the vitalizing Principle of Jesus' teachings had not been...

Brooklyn (N. Y.) Eagle

If the vitalizing Principle of Jesus' teachings had not been lost to human consciousness in the third century, the "materialism and commercialism" to which the Rev. Mr. —referred in his recent sermon would by this time have lost their grip, the unity of men and of nations would have been established, and war would be unknown. It was this lost Principle of Christianity which was discovered by Mrs. Eddy. The Science of this Principle is taught in this age by the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," which was first published by Mrs. Eddy in 1875. There was as much analogy between the Christianity of the first century and occultism as there is between the Christian Science of the twentieth century and occultism, which is none at all, the critic notwithstanding.

Our critic acknowledges that "the material is not the real," and that "the real is the spiritual;" nevertheless, he attacks Christian Science, which for nearly fifty years has been declaring and demonstrating this very fact. He further acknowledges that it is not so much the province of the minister to criticize and denounce Christian Science, as it is his province to get hold of this tendency toward the true and abiding reality. Now, if orthodox theology were giving the people a satisfying sense of Truth, these searchers would never turn away. Furthermore, our ministerial critics can hardly hope to teach that which they themselves obviously do not understand. When they do understand it, they will gladly acclaim the truth of Christian Science.

Christ Jesus laid great stress on the necessity of demonstration. Merely to repeat his words meant nothing to him who at one time said, "Ye shall know them by their fruits," and at another time, "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils." To Jesus the only acceptable proof of discipleship was the healing, and this is the proof that Christian Science is daily submitting to the world.

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