Giving Testimony

When our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, provided that all Christian Science churches should hold Wednesday evening meetings, she made it possible for everyone who has been benefited by Christian Science to give to others a "reason of the hope that is in" him, a measure of the joy that has come to him through the application of the rules of divine Principle, as taught in the Christian Science textbook.

It behooves each one of us who wishes to have his share in fulfilling the purpose of these meetings, to remember that many times there are present at the services people who are listening for the first time to testimonies of Christian Science healing, perhaps some who have not read any of the authorized literature of the movement, and who, therefore, will not understand some of the expressions that are so familiar to Scientists themselves that unconsciously they use them so freely as to confuse the thought of those who are not accustomed to hear them used in a Christianly scientific way. If we keep this in mind, we shall be sure to state facts as clearly and concisely as possible, give careful thought to the phraseology we use, and endeavor to show the ordinary use of words in relation to the scientific sense, whenever possible.

Our first object is to show that it is the understanding of the absolute Science taught and demonstrated by Jesus and explained to us in this age in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, that has accomplished the healing of which we tell. If we simply state that we have been healed by having faith in God, our words may lead some one to believe that a blind faith in a corporeal God will in time bring healing to a sick body or mind. A positive statement that it is the demonstrable Science contained in our textbook that has wrought the cure, is necessary to maintain the object of the meeting.

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July 24, 1920

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