Declaration and Demonstration

On page 466 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy makes this statement: "Science will declare God aright, and Christianity will demonstrate this declaration and its divine Principle, making mankind better physically, morally, and spiritually." The truth of the first part of this statement, "Science will declare God aright," becomes very early apparent to the student of Christian Science. This is particularly true of one who has traversed the devious paths of human theology and philosophy. At the very beginning of his study of the Christian Science textbook he exclaims: "Here, at last, I find that for which I have been seeking many years. This is, must be, the truth to which Jesus referred when he said, "If ye continue in my word . . . ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.' This must be the truth which Paul had in mind when he spoke this confident word to the Athenians: 'Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.' " Christian Science has indeed declared God aright to him, and his gratitude for this revelation of Truth is very genuine.

One is never satisfied very long, however, with the simple fact that a new idea has been revealed to him. Will it help me to solve my problems? Can I use it to better my condition, and the condition of the world? In other words, Is it demonstrable? These questions press for an answer, and it is right at this point that the student of Christian Science needs to be most watchful, to use the greatest care to adhere strictly to the rules for demonstration laid down so unmistakably by Mrs. Eddy. "Science will declare God aright." How gratefully the student accepts this fact as he ponders the simple, exact statements contained in the Christian Science textbook.

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