The sincere inquirer will naturally turn to an authentic...

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The sincere inquirer will naturally turn to an authentic source for information, and will readily see that the Discovered and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, can speak for her discovery as no one else can. Mrs. Eddy writes on page 9 of "No and Yes": "Divinely defined, Science is the atmosphere of God; humanly construed, and according to Webster, it is 'knowledge, duly arranged and referred to general truths and principles on which it is founded, and from which it is derived.' I employ this awe-filled word in both a divine and human sense; but I insist that Christian Science is demonstrably as true, relative to the unseen verities of being, as any proof that can be given of the completeness of Science." Clearly this definition deserves no condemnation, but breathes the very spirit of reconciliation.

Having discovered from the definition quoted above what Christian Science is and whence it emanates, let us find its purpose. The primary purpose is given by Mrs. Eddy, namely, "To organize a church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing" (Church Manual, p. 17). Jesus said plainly, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;" "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. ... And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." To rise to the demands of the above requirements is the avowed purpose of every Christian Scientist.

And what of the accomplishment of Christian Science during the period of a little more than fifty years? It has healed a countless number of people, and from every known disease; it has lifted the burden of human suffering, destroyed sin; and the worth of its teaching is proved to be beneficial in every walk of life. It stands for everything that is pure and true and ennobling, for all that uplifts and inspires man, for the betterment and spiritual development of the human race. Any one who will study the Bible, together with "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy's most important work, will see that the great truths to be found therein are practical and demonstrable, and appeal to all classes of people, enlightening the ignorant, and increasing the learned man's understanding of intelligence, for Science teaches that God is man's intelligence. Through the conscientious application of Christian Science, one is brought out of fleshly beliefs, fear, hatred, dishonesty, greed, and all that torments, and into the kingdom of heaven that Jesus said is within us,—"love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance."

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