Not Opposed to Christian Science

It is a sweet thought to me that no one is really opposed to Christian Science. Where there is opposition, whether from a theological or a medical standpoint, investigation always shows that it has arisen from a mistaken report, or from the action of some one who has taken the name without the nature of Christian Science, and whose conduct would be disapproved of by Scientists themselves.

The early Christians were not tortured and put to death for what they did, but for what the people with whom they were surrounded thought they did. They said, "these Christians would like to burn our cities; they are a danger to the community. They sacrifice their children alive to propitiate their gods." This was the direct opposite of the truth, but one repeated it to another, till it was generally believed and accepted as the truth. The fundamental trouble, then as now, was lack of fair-minded investigation.

Those who object from a medical standpoint to what they believe to be Christian Science say it is a menace to the community because Scientists refuse help themselves in time of sickness, and prevent others from seeking help. What are the facts? It is now well known that Scientists obey the law as regards vaccination and the reporting of so-called contagious diseases. As for nursing, when a person, who is being cared for by a nurse as well as physician, decides to put himself under the care of a Scientist, he is not required to suffer inconvenience from lack of nursing while the demonstration is being made, though in most cases, the Scientist in charge would think it wise to substiture a nurse who was a Christian Scientist in addition to her other qualifications. This is in order that the patient may have Science read and explained to him, and at the same time be cared for by one in whose thought health rather than sickness is uppermost.

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