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She termed this science "Christian" because no other word could so aptly describe it, for it comes manifesting the spirit of Christ Jesus and his teachings; it is compassionate, helpful, redemptive. It comes, as Jesus did, to deliver us from evil. It teaches us, as he did, to render all power to God, who is good, not evil. Jesus taught men how to fill heart and mind with goodness, how to become blessed, how to forget self, and thus to show what manner of man results from constant communion with God, in whom is no evil at all.
The work of Jesus was not empirical but scientific; it was the result of his knowledge of the truth, of his acquaintance with God and with the laws of God. These laws which Jesus obeyed and illustrated were laws of Spirit; they enabled him to supersede material laws by his knowledge of a higher code. His deeds were prophetic of a day when all men shall know the truth as he did, and in consequence all shall be free from tyranny, ignorance, pain, from evil in any of its myriad forms. In these latter days, when the old order is changing with such startling rapidity, the teaching of the Nazarene is being found by many of the most thoughtful and intelligent to be the only system of thought that will solve the individual, social, and industrial problems that all must face with what understanding and courage they may.
Those who are students of Christian Science are beginning, in a very humble way as yet, it is true, but still beginning, to prove that true Christianity is scientific, that it is governed by unvarying laws, irrespective of person, class, time, or space. They are finding that obedience to these spiritual laws divests them step by step of erroneous opinions and beliefs, and of the suffering and limitation which ignorance imposes upon those who submit thereto.
The only possible way to understand Christian Science is to work it out for one's self in a scientific manner, to test and test again the formulated rules, to observe carefully the results of following them correctly, to let the evidence gained from experiment accumulate until sufficient knowledge is reached upon which to base judgment. Personal observation and experience will then show that Christian Science is worthy of its beautiful name.
Christian Science Sentinel, December 13, 1919
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