PERFORMANCE, NOT CONTENTION, PERSUADES

Proof of Christian Science is not established by debate; it is established by results. Verbal contention over the efficacy of Christianity has no persuasive power and very little purpose. Restoration to health, harmony, dominion, competence, when these seem to have been lost, is, in most instances, an irresistible persuader that divine Love is real. It is likely to win him who experiences it and also him who witnesses it. Since the restorative power is available to anyone in the degree that he understands the Comforter which Christ Jesus promised to mankind, it should be unfailingly used to rout unbelief with conviction. For the Comforter is Christian Science, and the understanding of it has been made immediately possible by Mary Baker Eddy, its Discoverer.

Christ Jesus himself often emphasized the rule of performance as the basis of the appeal for acceptance of Christianity. To his contentious traducers at Jerusalem, for instance, he said: "If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works." Mrs. Eddy recognized that the winsomeness of Christian Science, the final statement of Christianity, rests on the same basis. Accordingly she declared (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 342), "The hour has struck when proof and demonstration, instead of opinion and dogma, are summoned to the support of Christianity, 'making wise the simple.'"

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