Christian Science Demonstration

The word demonstration has two meanings. It is either the thought process which is the act of proving the rule, or it is a certain result, the proof itself, showing that the rule is understood and utilized. Many who are suffering from a sense of limitation along the various avenues of human experience, when first taking up the study of Christian Science are apt to think of it as a ready means for providing them with what are called "the good things of this life." They soon learn, however, that the main purpose of Christian Science is to rouse the dormant human thought, asleep in its dream that matter and evil are real, to the apprehension of spiritual facts. This awakening renders human consciousness less responsive to fear and evil and more responsive to Truth and Love, the very source of harmony. Then instead of constantly looking for the proof of Christian Science in things material, there is a consecrated effort to gain the unfolding of divine Love, which insures the destruction of all discord and the establishment of harmony along every avenue of human experience.

What is incorrectly termed "demonstration" may be only the outcome of clever argument for projecting the schemes of human will. True demonstration in Christian Science has as its primary purpose the establishment of the kingdom of God among men, and stands untouched by the schemes of mortals. Those who think Christian Science can be demonstrated according to their personal desires often trample upon the rights of others to gain their own ends, only to find that they are made no happier thereby and their cross is heavier than before. Mrs. Eddy writes in Miscellany (p. 303), "Christian Science eschews divine rights in human beings. If the individual governed human consciousness, my statement of Christian Science would be disproved; but to demonstrate Science and its pure monotheism—one God, one Christ, no idolatry, no human propaganda—it is essential to understand the spiritual idea."

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