If Christian Science were what its critics claim, it could...


If Christian Science were what its critics claim, it could not have obtained the widespread acceptance it has gained from intelligent and respected Christian believers. Not much over fifty years ago Mary Baker Eddy stood alone as the only Christian Scientist in the world. She was later led to write and publish the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the study of which has healed thousands of cases of disease (many of which had been pronounced incurable by physicians), has replaced sinful tendencies with spiritual desires and activities, and has unsealed the Bible for many to whom it had been a closed book.

The practice of Christian Science, confirming its reasonable precepts, proves it to be the Comforter promised by Christ Jesus. Christian Science differs from the old theological views previously held by many of its adherents, in that Christian Science stresses Christian deeds more than creeds, and demands right thinking and living rather than observance of rites and ritual. That the name Christian Science is most appropriate is shown by two provable facts: first, the teaching of Christian Science is nothing other or less than the full gospel of the master Christian, who instructed his followers: "As ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick;" and secondly, the practice of Christian Science, bringing some measure of the kingdom of heaven, harmony, into men's lives here and now, by means of the exact, demonstrable understanding of God's perfect, unchangeable law, which Christ Jesus apprehended and applied in his healing work, proves this to be scientific Christianity.

Writing of this subject on page 135 of the Christian Science textbook, Mrs. Eddy says: "It has been said, and truly, that Christianity must be Science, and Science must be Christianity, else one or the other is false and useless; but neither is unimportant or untrue, and they are alike in demonstration. This proves the one to be identical with the other. Christianity as Jesus taught it was not a creed, nor a system of ceremonies, nor a special gift from a ritualistic Jehovah; but it was the demonstration of divine Love casting out error and healing the sick, not merely in the name of Christ, or Truth, but in demonstration of Truth, as must be the case in the cycles of divine light."

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