The Lectures

The introductory remarks of Arthur Smyth, J.P., at the lecture on Christian Science delivered by Virgil O. Strickler in the Protestant Hall, were as follows:—

It is close on two thousand years since Jesus the master Metaphysician walked the streets and byways of Judæa and Jerusalem, casting out devils and healing all manner of diseases. You will remember how the Jews hated him, and how they tried on every possible occasion to entangle him in his speech, and how wise and unanswerable were his replies to their hostile questions. They complained, among other things, that the great healing works which were done were performed through the agency of the devil, and the Master's reply rings clear today, after twenty centuries, fresh and irresistibly logical: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolution." We have proved that often, have we not? Evil cannot cast out evil; sick thoughts cannot cast out sickness. The devil is not likely to cast himself out. It was one of those splendidly clever replies that has become axiomatic for all time: A "house divided against itself shall not stand." And consider the natural corollary driven home by the Master: "If I with the finger of God," that is, the power of Truth, "cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you;" and of course it had, but they did not know it.

Are we any nearer the truth than they were? The same Christ is with us, and mighty works of healing are being done throughout the world through the power of Truth as taught in Christian Science. Here in our midst, every day, marvelous healings are taking place, and there are still to be found some who say they are of the devil. So history repeats itself, for if Christian Scientists by the power of Truth are casting out the devils of sin and sickness, "no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you." Do not miss any opportunity of investigating Christian Science; it is worth the trouble. It will bring a joy into your life that no man can take from you; it is the "pearl of great price," which when a man has found, he will go and sell all he has to obtain it.

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