the bequeathing of itself to the coming centuries. The
successive utterances of reformers are essential to its
propagation. The magnitude of its meaning forbids headlong
haste, and the consciousness which is most imbued
struggles to articulate itself.
Christian Scientists are practically non-resistants; they
are too occupied with doing good, observing the Golden
Rule, to retaliate or to seek redress; they are not quacks,
giving birth to nothing and death to all, - but they are
leaders of a reform in religion and in medicine, and they
have no craft that is in danger.
Even religion and therapeutics need regenerating.
Philanthropists, and the higher class of critics in theology
and materia medica, recognize that Christian Science
kindles the inner genial life of a man, destroying all lower
considerations. No man or woman is roused to the establishment
of a new-old religion by the hope of ease, pleasure,
or recompense, or by the stress of the appetites and
passions. And no emperor is obeyed like the man "clouting
his own cloak" - working alone with God, yea, like the
clear, far-seeing vision, the calm courage, and the great
heart of the unselfed Christian hero.
I counsel Christian Scientists under all circumstances
to obey the Golden Rule, and to adopt Pope's axiom:
"An honest, sensible, and well-bred man will not insult
me, and no other can." The sensualist and world-worshipper
are always stung by a clear elucidation of truth,
of right, and of wrong.
The only opposing element that sects or professions
can encounter in Christian Science is Truth opposed to
all error, specific or universal. This opposition springs
from the very nature of Truth, being neither personal nor
human, but divine. Every true Christian in the near
future will learn and love the truths of Christian Science
that now seem troublesome. Jesus said, "I came not to
send peace but a sword."
Has God entrusted me with a message to mankind? -
then I cannot choose but obey. After a long acquaintance
with the communicants of my large church, they regard
me with no vague, fruitless, inquiring wonder. I can use
the power that God gives me in no way except in the
interest of the individual and the community. To this
verity every member of my church would bear loving