Speaking Plainly

Some who come to Christian Science seem to think that in accepting its teachings they will thereby be placed upon a sort of Aladdin's carpet which will carry them into the kingdom of heaven without effort on their part. Such a conclusion is not in accord with the teachings of Christ Jesus, nor is it borne out by the experience of Mrs. Eddy. Those who know the story of her years of trial and endeavor recognize it was out of her own experience that our Leader wrote of Jesus of Nazareth, "He did life's work aright not only in justice to himself, but in mercy to mortals,—to show them how to do theirs, but not to do it for them nor to relieve them of a single responsibility;" and again, "The God-inspired walk calmly on though it be with bleeding footprints, and in the hereafter they will reap what they now sow" (Science and Health, pp. 18, 41).

To those who have carefully studied our Master's sayings, it is quite apparent that he did not hold out a promise of a royal road to those who should merely accept his teachings. On the contrary he coupled his promises with conditions which must be fulfilled by his followers before they could claim the promise; in other words, they must earn the coveted "Well done." An instance of this is given in the eighth chapter of John's gospel, where it is written that he said to those Jews which believed on him, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." According to this saying his disciples were to continue in the word of the Master—to follow his precepts and example; thus only could they know the truth which would make them free.

"What seest thou?"
November 4, 1916

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