As Christian Science proves itself to be the most efficacious...

Erie (Pa.) Dispatch

As Christian Science proves itself to be the most efficacious existing means of overcoming sin and its consequent sickness, disease, and so forth, and as it operates entirely through an understanding of the teaching of Christ Jesus, it should by no means be classed as a form of infidelity and denounced, as appears to have been done by a contributor in a recent issue. "By their fruits ye shall know them," Jesus declared.

The teaching of Christian Science by no means denies, but definitely affirms, that Jesus sacrificed every human and mortals sense of life, thus proving "once and for all" that real life is immortal and that man is the immortal child of God. This understanding of the true meaning of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, as gained in Christian Science, enables his followers to work out their salvation as directed by Paul. Jesus, as the Way-shower, declared and showed the necessity of overcoming all evil in order to inherit the salvation promised. And therefore we read thus in the second chapter of Revelation: "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life," "He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death," "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna," "He that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations;" in the third chapter, "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment," "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God," "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne;" and in the twenty-first, "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."

The emphasis here so repeatedly laid upon overcoming and within the space of a few chapters, shows its vital necessity in gaining the rewards promised; and the critic's quotation from Paul, "By grace are ye saved through faith," is pertinent in showing how overcoming is accomplished, namely, by the grace of and faith in God. Such meaning is clearly indicated by another passage from the selfsame apostle: "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you." Without such aid even Jesus could do nothing.

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November 22, 1919

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