For the benefit those of your readers who may not...


For the benefit those of your readers who may not know better, please permit me to say that Christian Science does not uphold anyone in trying to force another to accept the truths he has adopted. The true Christian Scientist finds that he has plenty to do in following the advice of Paul to "work out your own salvation." This advice is repeated by Mrs. Eddy in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." The Christian Scientist knows that there has come into his life something that has taken away a great deal of the fear, worry, and anxiety which used to occupy so prominent a place in his existence, and has replaced them with a great faith and love, with something that has for him made the world a better place in which to live and is a constant influence toward better and purer living. He knows that this peace and happiness is free to all who are ready and willing to accept the teachings of the Bible, as explained by Christian Science, and who live those teachings. He greatly desires that all may experience this happiness. He has, however, learned that a system, which appears so radical to those who do not understand its teachings, cannot be accepted until, as Mrs. Eddy expresses it. "the hearts of men are made ready for it" (Science and Health, p. 131).

It is a great sorrow to see dear ones and friends who are not ready to accept the help of this healing and saving systems, undergoing sickness and tribulation which might be relieved through its application; but the Christian Scientist does not try to force its acceptance. He asks for himself, and grants to all others, the personal liberty which includes freedom from control, domination, or abuse, at the hands of others, fully confident that the promised time will come when "they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them." Mrs. Eddy writes, on page 238 of Science and Health: "Motives and acts are not rightly valued before they are understood. It is well to wait till those whom you would benefit are ready for the blessing, for Science is working changes in personal character as well as in the material universe."

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November 26, 1927

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