Fidelity to Truth

Who that has felt the joy of healing brought about by Christian Science, glimpsing the light of this glorious truth of God, has not yearned for all mankind to share that healing and that joy? Such a desire is always worthy, but sometimes the methods used in an effort to fulfill it are unwise. The beginner in this Science often feels inclined to shout his vision from the housetop, to tell it to every one, believing that all will see it as he does. He meets in consequence with many a rebuff, and grows wiser by his experience. But in his growth in wisdom the Scientist should never lose his desire to bless all mankind.

This noble purpose needs spiritual guidance; and this has been supplied. Mary Baker Eddy, whose wisdom and foresight have been proved many times, has told us how the people in this twentieth century may undoubteldly be reached with the Christ-healing. She writes in "Pulpit and Press" (p. 22): "If the lives of Christian Scientists attest their fidelity to Truth, I predict that in the twentieth century every Christian church in our land, and a few in far-off lands, will approximate the understanding of Christian Science sufficiently to heal the sick in his name. Christ will give to Christianity his new name, and Christendom will be classified as Christian Scientists." What a prophecy now awaiting fulfillment! And how simple and profound is the condition requisite to that fulfillment: "If the lives of Christian Scientists attest their fidelity to Truth"! Do we wish to share this joy and health with mankind? Do we wish to see the Christian churches in our land, and in other lands, heal the sick in Christ's name within the next seventy-five years? Do we wish to see Christendom "classified as Christian Scientists"? The way is simple and sure: let our lives attest our fidelity to Truth! Let the unselfish desire for the healing of mankind be daily and hourly nurtured by the struggle for Christliness in the life unseen by our fellow-men, as well as in that which is known to the public, and it will undoubtedly bring forth fruit "an hundredfold."

January 16, 1926

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