In Christian Science we are taught that all conditions, both good and bad, are purely mental states, that the only real is the spiritual, and that we suffer from thoughts, not from things.
One day I was walking on a woodland path with a young Scientist who had but a short time before been healed by the word of Truth after years of sickness and pain.
If the leaders of the religious faith known as Christian Scientists were responsible for no other institution than their publication The Christian Science Monitor, they could find it ample justification for their denominational existence.
It is not often that an editor declares himself to be against medical freedom.
Church councils and not God have formulated the creeds of the ages, and men still regard such statements of belief with sacred awe.
If one goes among those who attend Christian Science services regularly, he will find that for a very large percentage of them Christian Science has furnished a "Key to the Scriptures," and has made the Bible a daily companion and constant source of inspiration where it had formerly been a closed book.
There is no disposition to evade the responsibility which rests upon Christian Science to prove by its fruits its fitness to live, but it is fair to note that since the early Christian church it is the only religion that has submitted itself to such a test.
In an article entitled "Just Nerves" a writer, speaking of sufferers from neurasthenia who seek a permanent cure, says, "Their minds are fixed on a magic drug which will instantly, for always, secure heaven's best treasures, peace and health," and adds, "There is no cure that way.
There is a story of a certain legendary warrior who, because no arrow the enemy might launch could wound him, came to be looked upon as under the special protection of the gods and therefore invulnerable.
Apart from the teachings of Christian Science, man's likeness to God is very generally believed to be corporeal; and the attempt is made to argue from effect, as seen through the lens of material belief, back to God, the spiritual cause of all reality.
In order to reject the clamorous demands of the carnal mind the Christian Scientist needs moral courage of a high order.
The introductory remarks of J.
Ten years ago I was persuaded to visit a Christian Science church one Sunday morning, and it was the grandest thing I ever did.
Over nine years ago I read Christian Science literature and the text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs.
Fifteen years ago I was looking in every direction but the right one for physical harmony and mental peace.
It is impossible to describe in words the blessed influence which Christian Science has had upon my life.
I was led to study Christian Science through a healing I had before I understood anything about this teaching.
For several years I suffered from a stomach complaint which a well known local physician pronounced due to a malignant growth.
I have been interested in Christian Science for some time, having had an instantaneous healing a few years ago of so-called German measles.
In the Bible we read that as Paul journeyed in Athens he found an altar with this inscription: "To the unknown God.
For a long time it has seemed to me that I ought to tell of the many blessings which I have received in Christian Science.
It is only about two years since I took up the study of Christian Science, but many blessings have been received.
In 1904 I first became a student of Christian Science.
It is several years since through the instrumentality of a dear friend I first became interested in Christian Science.
It is with a feeling of deep gratitude for the understanding of the Bible which I have gained through reading "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs.
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The Christian Science Text-Book, "Science and Health with Key to The Scriptures.