"Truth practised and demonstrated"

That Christian Scientists not only are to believe in God,—that He is and that He is available to meet the needs of mankind,—but are to prove their understanding of God and His creation through practical demonstrations, Mrs. Eddy made so clear that no student of her teachings can mistake his obligation. Proof through demonstration alone fulfills the purport of her message. Her words on page 201 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" state the case precisely. "The best sermon ever preached," she writes, "is Truth practised and demonstration by the destruction of sin, sickness, and death." "Truth practised and demonstrated"! Important words to the Christian Scientist, because they set the standard of action to which he must attain in order to share in the blessings of Christian living!

In this manner our Leader indicated that not words, but works, really count. Not what we may say, but what we do, establishes our status as true followers of the great Exemplar, Christ Jesus. There can scarcely be too much emphasis put upon this statement, for it contains the very essence of the Christian message. Proof through demonstration—that is the necessity. Christ Jesus did not ask that his words be accepted without proof of their validity. Mrs. Eddy likewise, after the revelation which came to her of the healing power of the Christ, Truth, knew that in order to have her discovery accepted, she must prove by demonstration the power of spiritual truth to destroy error, evil of every form. Accordingly, she sought the opportunity to demonstrate the efficacy of Christian Science as the greatest remedial agency in healing the sick.

With the examples of Christ Jesus and our Leader before us, we may justifiably conclude that progress is impossible except through demonstrations. Not as theory, but as demonstrated truth, will Christian Science make its way in the regeneration of humanity. Paul was clear as to the necessity of proving one's way to redemption. In his letter to the Galatians he wrote, "But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another." He who proves that divine power may be enlisted in the destruction of mortal, material beliefs may well rejoice in the revelation of God's presence which has come to him. What greater reason could there be for rejoicing? And surely there could be no other evidence so convincing as the proof through demonstration of the truthfulness of a proposition which one has accepted as a fact.

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Spiritual Growth
May 12, 1928

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