The case for Christian Science is sustained by the evidence of spiritual power in the consciousness of the individual who applies this religion understandingly. When one achieves a degree of moral and spiritual regeneration, he knows it beyond dispute; and when healing of either physical disease or mental discord appears in the wake of that regeneration, he knows that also. No external argument can gainsay what is firmly and intelligently rooted as incontrovertible knowledge in the warp and woof of one's awareness of existence. The only final appeal which is properly acceptable by any individual in behalf of the genuineness of anything is the intelligent certainty of that individual that his experience manifests what his consciousness rationally confirms.

That is why Christian Scientists do not argue with others over the merits of their religion. They accept the reality of its results in their own lives quite in the spirit of the man born blind who, healed by Christ Jesus, answered the malicious demand that he belittle the healing and thus belittle the Christ, in the following unanswerable words (John 9:25): "One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see."

It is to be noted that this man's utterance of his conviction was not primarily directed toward winning others to the Christ; his utterance was his acknowledgment that he himself had been won by valid experience. If others really desired to be convinced, they were free to test his experience by their own; they were free to appeal to the same Christ Jesus who had healed him and be healed themselves. They were free to find the proof of the power of the Christ in the one place where it can be found, namely, in their own consciousness of the healing touch of Love.

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April 29, 1950

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