Jesus promised that the "Comforter," "the Spirit of truth," which was to come after him, would lead mankind "into all truth." and this Comforter, Mrs. Eddy plainly states, is "Divine Science" (Science and Health, p. 55). This at once makes known the breadth of Christian Science in its application to humanity, that it is intended not merely to lead mortals out of a sense of disease into a sense of physical health, but to lead them into the understanding of all truth, which means, in other words, to show them the way out of all error.
Christian Scientists are sometimes charged with narrowness, and in some cases the charge may be well founded. There was a time when many of us were in danger of drifting toward a very limited sense of the mission of Christian Science, and of what the attitude of Christian Scientists should be toward human affairs in general. The young student, in the flush of a new enthusiasm, sometimes felt that he was becoming too spiritual to take an active interest in mundane affairs, not stopping to ask how the light of revealed Truth shall penetrate into every phase of human belief unless Christian Scientists take it there. This somewhat selfish and self-satisfied attitude was most effectually rebuked when Mrs. Eddy, with far-seeing vision and broad comprehensiveness of what Christian Science is destined to accomplish, established The Christian Science Monitor.
It might be asked what the Christian Science movement has to do with publishing a daily newspaper. Christian Science certainly teaches the absolute unreality of all that enters into a material sense of persons and things; then what of this daily reporting of human occurrences? Wherefore all this careful attention to the doings of the world of art, literature, finance, politics, travel, mechanics, the drama, and so on?
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