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Christian Science: Demonstrable Religion
Originally published in the 1918 pamphlet “Christian Science: Demonstrable Religion”
THERE is nothing in the world to-day which is so occupying the thought of the people as Christian Science, and there is a vital reason why, regardless of all the misunderstanding and misrepresentation relative to the subject, people should still insist on knowing the truth about it.
Until within a few years, to the average person religion was something which required no thought, no investigation; it was to be accepted simply because this was believed to be the right thing to do, without one's having any well-formed idea as to what it taught; but to-day, as a result of the increased mental activity that is now apparent in all directions, people are no longer content to accept any teaching as true simply because some one has said that it is true; in fact, more and more the demand is being made that proof shall be given of the truth of every statement made.
People are awakening to the fact that the one great problem in life is that of individual salvation, and the more they think about salvation, the more they are convinced that they want it now, and the less willing they are to wait for it until after they have passed through "the valley of the shadow," with all the mystery and fear and doubt surrounding that passage. Heretofore people have read the Bible; to-day they are studying it; and the result is an awakening which carries with it the conviction that many things formerly believed to be real, essential, God-created and God-given, are now seen to be but misconceptions relative to God and what He creates,—misconceptions which need to be corrected so that freedom may be obtained from that bondage wherein a mistaken belief has held mankind.
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