The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy,...


The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, writes in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 33, 34) : "Christians, are you drinking his cup? Have you shared the blood of the New Covenant, the persecutions which attend a new and higher understanding of God? If not, can you then say that you have commemorated Jesus in his cup? ... If all who seek his commemoration through material symbols will take up the cross, heal the sick, cast our evils, and preach Christ, or Truth, to the poor,—the receptive thought,—they will bring in the millennium."

Christian Scientists endeavor to comply with Jesus' demand to all who wish to be named his followers; and they understand that this can be done only as they wholly and fully, as Paul says, put off the old man, and "put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." One cannot evade this clear line of reasoning, which is the keynote of the teachings of Christian Science. To be able to follow it and fight to destroy evil in all its forms, a daily self-denial is requisite as well as prayer and watchfulness.

Christ Jesus founded no particular church on a ritualistic form of worship. His church includes all Christians who follow his commands without abridgment, and who by their lives prove their understanding of the words, "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." Let, therefore, Christian Science be judged according to its fruits—by the sick whom it heals and the sinful whom it reforms. And all Christians should be pleased to witness these fruits, instead of trying to cut down the fruitful tree.

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Letters from the Field
February 2, 1924

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