"Abide in me"

To abide in Mind, God, is both religious and scientific. It is the religion that advances beyond matter, whereby the Christian may enter the Shekinah as Jesus did, and it is the Science that measures up to the standard of demonstrable righteousness advocated by the apostle James when he said, "I will shew thee my faith by my works. . . . . faith without works dead."

The healing works of Jesus and the early Christians were the signs that followed the scientific religion practiced in the first and second centuries of the Christian era, and which ceased to appear after Christianity had become the state religion by imperial decree, when materialism, formalism, and temporal power banished healing from Christian practice. After the horrors of the dark ages had followed as a necessary consequence of the church's loss of spirituality, there came the dawning light of the Reformation movement; but it was left for that great metaphysician, the revered Founder and Leader of the Christian Science movement, Mary Baker Eddy, to rend the veil of superstition and false doctrine which so long had obscured scientific religion and fearlessly to point out that the teaching of the Master could not be other than scientific because, as she stated in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 313), "Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe."

Jesus was primarily a teacher. His mission was to enlighten mankind with the scientific facts of Life, to bear "witness unto the truth," whereby men might be saved from the results of wrong thinking and acting. It was this master Christian Scientist who taught, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." And here is written for all that have eyes to see and ears to hear, the modus operandi of the perfect scientific prayer of realization, the conditions of complete salvation. Its promise admits of no limits, but states in the plainest words that there is nothing in all creation the individual cannot realize if he will abide in the word,—the Word which John tells us in his gospel, "was with God, and the Word was God."

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March 27, 1920

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