Science and Health
with Key to The Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy
Chapter XI
Some Objections Answered
And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you con-
vinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? –
But if the spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in
you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mor-
tal bodies by His spirit that dwelleth in you. – PAUL.
THE strictures on this volume would condemn to
oblivion the truth, which is raising up thousands
from helplessness to strength and elevating them from
a theoretical to a practical Christianity. These criticisms
are generally based on detached sentences or clauses sep-
arated from their context. Even the Scriptures, which
grow in beauty and consistency from one grand root, ap-
pear contradictory when subjected to such usage. Jesus
said, "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see
God" [Truth].
Supported by facts
In Christian Science mere opinion is valueless. Proof
is essential to a due estimate of this subject. Sneers at
the application of the word Science to Chris-
tianity cannot prevent that from being scien-
tific which is based on divine Principle, demonstrated ac-
cording to a divine given rule, and subjected to proof.
The facts are so absolute and numerous in support of
Christian Science, that misrepresentation and denuncia-
tion cannot overthrow it. Paul alludes to "doubtful dis-
putations." The hour has struck when proof and demon-
stration, instead of opinion and dogma, are summoned to
the support of Christianity, "making wise the simple."
Commands of Jesus
In the result of some unqualified condemnations of
scientific Mind-healing, one may see with sorrow the sad
effects on the sick of denying Truth. He that
decries this Science does it presumptuously,
in the face of Bible history and in defiance of the direct
command of Jesus, "Go ye into all the world, and preach
the gospel," to which command was added the promise
that his students should cast out evils and heal the sick.
He bade the seventy disciples, as well as the twelve,
heal the sick in any town where they should be hospitably
Christianity scientific
If Christianity is not scientific, and Science is not of
God, then there is no invariable law, and truth becomes
an accident. Shall it be denied that a system
which works according to the Scriptures has
Scriptural authority?
Argument of good works
Christian Science awakens the sinner, reclaims the
infidel, and raises from the couch of pain the helpless
invalid. It speaks to the dumb the words of
Truth, and they answer with rejoicing. It
causes the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and the blind
to see. Who would be the first to disown the Christli-
ness of good works, when our Master says, "By their
fruits ye shall know them"?
If Christian Scientists were teaching or practising
pharmacy or obstetrics according to the common theo-
ries, no denunciations would follow them, even if their
treatment resulted in the death of a patient. The people
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