words are unmistakable, for they form propositions of
self-evident demonstrable truth. Doctrines that deny
the substance and practicality of all Christ's teachings
cannot be evangelical; and evangelical religion can be
established on no other claim than the authenticity of
the Gospels, which support unequivocally the proof that
Christian Science, as defined and practised by Jesus,
heals the sick, casts out error, and will destroy death.
Referring to The Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston,
of which I am pastor, a certain clergyman charitably
expressed it, "the so-called Christian Scientists."
I am thankful even for his allusion to truth; it being
a modification of silence on this subject, and also of what
had been said when critics attacked me for supplying the
word Science to Christianity, - a word which the people
are now adopting.
The next step for ecclesiasticism to take, is to admit
that all Christians are properly called Scientists who
follow the commands of our Lord and His Christ, Truth;
and that no one is following his full command without
this enlarged sense of the spirit and power of Christianity.
"He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do,"
is a radical and unmistakable declaration of the right and
power of Christianity to heal; for this is Christlike,
and includes the understanding of man's capabilities and
spiritual power. The condition insisted upon is, first,
"belief;" the Hebrew of which implies understanding.
How many to-day believe that the power of God equals
even the power of a drug to heal the sick! Divine Science
reveals the Principle of this power, and the rule whereby
sin, sickness, disease, and death are destroyed; and God
is this Principle. Let us, then, seek this Science; that we
may know Him better, and love Him more.
Though a man were begirt with the Urim and Thummim
of priestly office, yet should deny the validity or
permanence of Christ's command to heal in all ages,
this denial would dishonor that office and misinterpret
evangelical religion. Divine Science is not an interpolation
of the Scriptures, but is redolent with love, health,
and holiness, for the whole human race. It only needs
the prism of this Science to divide the rays of Truth, and
bring out the entire hues of Deity, which scholastic theology
has hidden. The lens of Science magnifies the divine
power to human sight; and we then see the supremacy
of Spirit and the nothingness of matter.
The context of the foregoing Scriptural text explains
Jesus' words, "because I go unto my Father." "Because"
in following him, you understand God and how to turn
from matter to Spirit for healing; how to leave self, the
sense material, for the sense spiritual; how to accept
God's power and guidance, and become imbued with
divine Love that casts out all fear. Then are you baptized
in the Truth that destroys all error, and you receive
the sense of Life that knows no death, and you know that
God is the only Life.
To reach the consummate naturalness of the Life that
is God, good, we must comply with the first condition
set forth in the text, namely, believe; in other words,
understand God sufficiently to exclude all faith in any
other remedy than Christ, the Truth that antidotes all
error. Thence will follow the absorption of all action,
motive, and mind, into the rules and divine Principle of
Whosoever learns the letter of Christian Science but
possesses not its spirit, is unable to demonstrate this
Science; or whosoever hath the spirit without the letter,