"Honour to whom honour"

Every lover of good has been cheered and comforted by the great victory for truth and righteousness expressed in our nation's recent decision for the prohibition of the liquor traffic. Such a forward step in humanity's march upward is indeed a cause for gratitude and rejoicing. There were apparently many causes, social, economic, and educational, for this great change; but in the first flush of victory, remembering Paul's admonition to "render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due ... honour to whom honour," we must not forget that lone, brave woman, Mrs. Eddy, whose clear and inspired teachings have done more to eliminate this blight from our land than all other things combined. In "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 285) our revered Leader, after speaking of a certain form of sensuality says, "Science and Health, the book that cast the first stone, is still at work, deep down in human consciousness, laying the axe at the root of error."

From the very date that "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" was published, the temperance movement began to take on new life. Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health (p. 404), "The temperance reform, felt all over our land, results from metaphysical healing, which cuts down every tree that brings not forth good fruit." The writer has personally seen, through the application of the teachings of Christian Science, some of the most desperate cases of intemperance healed instantaneously, where all other means had failed. When one considers that these cases could be multiplied by thousands, he cannot but commence to see what a great part Christian Science has played in bringing about such a desirable reform. Most of the other reformative agencies have proceeded along the line of trying to get the victims of bad habits to forsake them largely by portraying the awful results that their indulgence brings. Christian Science teaches us that the only way to get rid of things that are wrong is to introduce things that are right. The only way that one can get a victim of intemperance or any other vice to forsake it is to prove its unreality by bringing into his life the things that are real and which will bring him so much more peace and joy and happiness than evil apparently brings that his fondness for the evil will drop away.

Conquering Error
December 27, 1919

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