Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
This understanding of man’s power, when he is 15equipped by God, has sadly disappeared from Christian Promise perpetualhistory. For centuries it has been dormant, a lost element of Christianity. Our missionaries 18carry the Bible to India, but can it be said that they explain it practically, as Jesus did, when hundreds of persons die there annually from serpent-bites? Under‐21standing spiritual law and knowing that there is no mate‐rial law, Jesus said: “These signs shall follow them that believe, . . . they shall take up serpents, and if they 24drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” It were well had Christendom believed and obeyed this 27sacred saying.
Jesus’ promise is perpetual. Had it been given only to his immediate disciples, the Scriptural passage would 30read you, not they. The purpose of his great life-work extends through time and includes universal humanity. Its Principle is infinite, reaching beyond the pale of a 329 329:1single period or of a limited following. As time moves on, the healing elements of pure Christianity will be fairly 3dealt with; they will be sought and taught, and will glow in all the grandeur of universal goodness.
A little leaven leavens the whole lump. A little under‐6standing of Christian Science proves the truth of all that Imitation of JesusI say of it. Because you cannot walk on the water and raise the dead, you have no right to 9question the great might of divine Science in these direc‐tions. Be thankful that Jesus, who was the true demon‐strator of Science, did these things, and left his example for 12us. In Science we can use only what we understand. We must prove our faith by demonstration.
One should not tarry in the storm if the body is freez‐15ing, nor should he remain in the devouring flames. Un‐til one is able to prevent bad results, he should avoid their occasion. To be discouraged, is to resemble a pupil in 18addition, who attempts to solve a problem of Euclid, and denies the rule of the problem because he fails in his first effort.
21 There is no hypocrisy in Science. Principle is impera‐tive. You cannot mock it by human will. Science is a Error destroyed, not pardoneddivine demand, not a human. Always right, 24its divine Principle never repents, but main‐tains the claim of Truth by quenching error. The pardon of divine mercy is the destruction of error. If 27men understood their real spiritual source to be all bless‐edness, they would struggle for recourse to the spiritual and be at peace; but the deeper the error into which mor‐30tal mind is plunged, the more intense the opposition to spirituality, till error yields to Truth.