Promises that Attract

A NOTED lawyer who introduced a Christian Science lecturer nearly a quarter of a century ago is reported as having said at that time, "I know very little about Christian Science, but I have been attracted towards it by reason of its many promises. If there is to be a fruition of these promises, if they are possible of fulfillment, then I am persuaded that the human race is at the dawn of its deliverance from evil."

Jesus came to earth in the "fulness of the time," to establish a new order of things: he came preaching the gospel of Love to the poor, and healing Sickness and disease. And he promised that these healing works would be continued by his true followers, who understood the source of his power to be his father; for Jesus said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also." Jesus' compassionate love was always expressed in behalf of the poor and afflicted. He said, "They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick." The human heart today, as in the time when the Master was on earth, is crying out for rest, for deliverance from the bondage of material beliefs—sin, sickness, and sorrow.

Promises usually attract those who feel the need of something they do not possess. What is it then that makes the promises of Christian Science attractive to suffering humanity? The mission of Christian Science is to deliver, to save, to fulfill the promise of Jesus the Christ, who said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Christian Science comes with the promise of a present deliverance from all bondage to evil; for it teaches that all power belongs to God, good; that the healing power is divine Mind. It brings rest to the weary, and points the way to an harmonious and happy existence. Christian Science proves God to be a kind and loving Father, who sends no sickness, disease, or death to His children, but "who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases," the God who is ever present divine Love. In "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 114) Mrs. Eddy says: "Christian Science teaches: Owe no man; be temperate; abstain from alcohol and tobacco; be honest, just, and pure; cast out evil and heal the sick; in short, Do unto others as ye would have others do to you."

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February 2, 1924

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