[Translated from the German]

What Is a Demonstration?

Many who have turned to Christian Science and secured the assistance of some one who, as they think, has gained a better understanding of its teachings, are confronted sometimes, when the visible sign of physical betterment seems long delayed, by the question whether Christian Science really offers the means for deliverance from all the evils to which mortals are subject. In order to arrive at right conclusions premises must be right, and it is important, therefore, in every case of Christian Science treatment, that both the helper and the one seeking help gain a clear view with regard to what constitutes a demonstration in the sense which Mrs. Eddy has attached to this word.

In Science and Health (p.262) Mrs. Eddy says: "We cannot fathom the nature and quality of God's creation by diving into the shallows of mortal belief. We must reverse our feeble flutterings—our efforts to find life and truth in matter—and rise above the testimony of the material senses." A superficial knowledge of what is termed "demonstration" in Christian Science is likely to prove an occasion of stumbling, in that the student may either speak of demonstrations in cases where that term cannot be applied with propriety, or else may become discouraged when that which he believes to be the chief demonstration, namely, material improvement, the sign visible to the senses, is not manifest within a short time. A correct sense of the word "demonstration," such as is conveyed in Mrs. Eddy's definition of it as "Immanuel, or God with us" (Science and Health, p. 34), would prevent such mistakes and keep us from being self-deceived and discouraged.

Authorized Literature
July 15, 1916

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