Demonstration versus Riddance

All the world would like to be rid of evil effects. Any one who thought he could really desire sickness and suffering, want and woe, would be considered by all as totally abnormal in his imaginations. He would be looked upon as an anomaly in the human status of men and things. From the beginning of time men have, therefore, sought for ways whereby evil results could be annulled, thinking they might thus be delivered from all torment. In spite of the fact that the Bible has always taught that "whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap," men have still believed they could be freed from ill effects, regardless of what might have been their cause. It is from this standpoint that both sin and sickness have been dealt with for almost countless centuries.

In line with Bible teaching, Christian Science has come completely reversing this practice. Instead of dealing with effects it always goes directly to cause, and correcting the mistaken cause, the unpleasant effect is made impossible. Thus Christian Science stops looking merely for riddance from evil, but instead demands demonstration of good. In place of attempting to overcome evil results alone, it teaches the necessity at all times of going to the root of the difficulty and obliterating that which is responsible for the wrong effect.

September 22, 1923

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