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.

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