Religion Made Practical

The very first evidence of sincerity in religion is the practical application of it. A theoretical Christian, one who professes belief in God but who does not spiritually understand the Science of being, must fail to convince the multitudes of the practical nature of Christianity. He believes, but he does not know, that God is Love, and that Love is therefore the only real power of the universe. He believes that there is an opposite power to Love, and right here he breaks faith with practical Christianity.

So the student of Christian Science soon learns that he must be practical or else renounce his right to be called a member of the household of a demonstrable faith. The teaching that "Truth is demonstrable when understood" (Science and Health, p. 323) is what has awakened him to the truth of Christian Science. He may have spent years in studying the Bible, yet if his research was from the standpoint of the reality of sense-testimony, he cannot establish the fact of his being an authorized representative of the Master's teachings, because he has failed to grasp the practical or saving import of the Scriptures, failed to see that the power of God to heal is just as operative today as in the past. This very failure may have caused him to declare that he did not even believe in God's willingness or ability to heal. Let us analyze this condition of thought.

The Practical and the Ideal
July 29, 1916

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