The Lectures

CHICAGO, ILL. (Fifteenth Church).—Introducing Judge Frederick C. Hill, a Christian Science lecturer, Percy M. Holdsworth spoke as follows: —

Mankind believes itself to be governed by various laws, some of them good and some of them evil. Frequently, however, mankind is governed, not by law, but by that which it accepts as law. This point is illustrated in an incident related by a gentleman who passed through the mountainous region of one of our southern states several years after the Civil War had ended. He lodged one night with an elderly couple who had a negro manservant. In the night the traveler was awakened by the voice of the negro in earnest prayer to God that he might be freed from slavery. Upon investigation, the traveler found the negro to be ignorant of the fact that slavery had long been abolished. For years he had remained a slave when he might have been a free man, because he accepted as law that which had no existence. One of the great benefits received from Christian Science is the help it gives to its students to prove for themselves the power of God's law and the utter powerlessness of that which is not law, even though it may be so accepted by those who know not the truth.

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