Those who do not accept or test for themselves a system...

West Herts Post and Watford Newsletter

Those who do not accept or test for themselves a system of healing can only judge of it by its results. The fruits of Christian Science in healing and regenerating mankind are widely known in all the world; they cannot be denied. The Master has said, "By their fruits ye shall know them," and, "A corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit."

Is it not true that, according to the Bible, the immortal sense of life was brought to light by Christ Jesus? Does he not speak constantly of life as everlasting? To the mortal, human consciousness of life doubtless Lazarus was dead; but to the immortal, divine consciousness of Life, understood and revealed by Jesus, Lazarus was but sleeping. It was this right recognition of the eternality of Life that enabled Jesus to raise Lazarus and later himself, so proving for all men that Life is immortal. This same sense of Life may be discerned by all who will; and, read in this light, Mrs. Eddy's statements are simple and natural—establishing a firmer foundation in Truth and a greater faith in Christ. The pulpit and the press may seem to have had the personal sense of their Lord taken away; but they are awakening to a more spiritual sense, and will find that the Christ has risen higher to human apprehension, as witness their present recognition of the possibility of Christian healing.

The critic quotes several passages from Science and Health to show that intelligent people are asked to deny the evidence of the senses in accepting the Science of Christianity. He takes exception to this; but are not intelligent people expected every day to refute the testimony of the senses with regard to many of the ordinary things in life? The senses are often deceptive. What about the movement of the earth round the sun? Was not Galileo persecuted because he refuted sense-testimony in favor of right reasoning on this subject? Denying the evidence of the senses, however, by no means includes the denial of reason, as suggested by the critic; on the contrary, Christian Science teaches the allness of Mind, and the absolute need of right reasoning on that basis. In Science and Health (p. 494), we read, "Reason, rightly directed, serves to correct the errors of corporeal sense;" and on page 467, "Reasoning from cause to effect in the Science of Mind, we begin with Mind."

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