I suppose every one will agree that "if every one said he...

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I suppose every one will agree that "if every one said he was not going to be ill again it would not keep him well." But to follow that with the statement that "Christian Science and its textbook, Science and Health, would not carry him far" gives a very false impression about Christian Science. In the next sentence, as reported, the speaker said, "A great ideal of the future was that there should be no more sickness and suffering," and he defined an ideal as something impossible at present, but which may one day be realized. If the ideal of freedom from sickness and suffering is ever to be realized, a start must be made in the right direction; and it is just here that Christian Science and its textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, are capable of carrying men right along to victory. It helps to a proper understanding of the truth revealed in the Bible, which Jesus referred to when he said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Christian Science does not teach that this ideal can be realized immediately, or by saying, "I shall not be ill any more;" but, like the Bible, it teaches that the prize must be striven for and gained step by step, as wrong thinking and wrongdoing are replaced by understanding and self-denial. On page 21 of the textbook named above Mrs. Eddy writes: "If the disciple is advancing spiritually, he is striving to enter in. He constantly turns away from material sense, and looks towards the imperishable things of Spirit. If honest, he will be in earnest from the start, and gain a little each day in the right direction, till at last he finishes his course with joy."

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