Before accepting service in any capacity in our church work, it becomes necessary to understand thoroughly the fundamental requirements of that service and to be familiar with the nature and significance of church relations.
Not so very long ago a class in ancient history, while discussing the doctrines of the Stoics, was asked this question by the teacher: "What is the modern sect of people whose beliefs are much akin to those of the Stoics?
If the correspondent "Open Mind" is correctly described by his signature, there should be no difficulty in convincing him of his error in classing Christian Science with "clairvoyance, crystal gazing, etc.
Christian Science does not undervalue or minimize the redemptive and healing work of Jesus as exemplified in his sacrifice on the cross, as was stated in an account of a sermon delivered before the Christian church convention a few days ago.
If the entire sermon preached recently in a local pulpit on Christian Science was as devoid of truth and as full of illconcealed religious intolerance as the synopsis reported, doubtless those in the congregation who knew even a little of the true teachings of Christian Science were reminded of the familiar saying of Jesus, "If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
Christian Scientists are very earnest students of the Bible, — none more so, — and if they ever become puzzled over the meaning of passages which appear in the Lesson-Sermons or which are found in their regular study of the Bible, it is only because they have accepted to a certain extent the views of those who are accustomed to interpret Scripture largely from the standpoint of material sense.
As I begin to write of my first healing in Christian Science, a thought of wonder rises in consciousness as to how I managed to live before I came into some understanding of the truth about God and ourselves.
With heartfelt gratitude I send this testimony of healing in Christian Science, as it may be the means of helping some one, and I feel it a duty as well as a privilege to acknowledge God's goodness to me.