"The burden of proof"

"The burden of proof that Christian Science is Science rests on Christian Scientists," declares Mrs. Eddy in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 158). In that sentence our Leader places before those who call themselves Christian Scientists their duty and responsibility to Christian Science, to their Leader, and to the world. But far from bringing a burdened sense, this statement brings with it a joyous feeling of opportunity certain of fulfillment, since we have been shown the way of accomplishing our task. Have we not in our possession "a little book open,"—"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy,—the study of which in connection with the Bible will lead us into all true spiritual knowledge?

After instructing the student in the method of treating disease, in the chapter of Science and Health entitled "Christian Science Practice," Mrs. Eddy says quite simply (p. 418), "Then, if your fidelity is half equal to the truth of your plea, you will heal the sick." This is the key to the whole situation—our own understanding of the divine Principle and its rules, and fidelity to our highest sense of Truth. It is an interesting fact that Mrs. Eddy does not say that if the patient is ready, you will heal him; or that if he is receptive, you will heal him—but, "If your fidelity is half equal to the truth of your plea, you will heal the sick." Christian Scientists have before them the greatest opportunity for evangelizing the world that has ever been offered. Is my fidelity to Truth equal to the demand? is the question every Christian Scientist should be asking himself; and he should answer it honestly.

Truth's Silent Influence
July 14, 1928

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