Doing the Works

It has become very generally recognized that salvation is won by works rather than by words. Not by this declaration of belief or by that, but by doing the works which Christ Jesus prescribed as those which should "follow them that believe," is progress made Spiritward. There is, perhaps, no injunction which Mrs. Eddy pressed upon her students with greater emphasis than the necessity of demonstration in proof of her teaching. She fully recognized the futility of presenting to the world mere doctrine, unsubstantiated by irrefutable proof. Her own inspiring example is always before us. Not until she had proved the Principle of her revelation to be immanent and available to destroy every type of discord, to meet the needs of humanity in every particular, did she give her discovery to the public. Thus it was not a mere theory or speculative philosophy that she presented, but a demonstrated religion, proved beyond the possibility of refutation to be a revival of primitive Christianity, the healing light of which had for centuries been so sadly obscured.

Of the requirement for something more convincing than mere profession, our Leader says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 141), "More than profession is requisite for Christian demonstration;" and she further gives as the reason why so few follow the Master's teachings, "Because his precepts require the disciple to cut off the right hand and pluck out the right eye,—that is, to set aside even the most cherished beliefs and practices, to leave all for Christ."

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