Not Loss, but Gain

Nicholson (Pa.) Examiner

Mr. Editor:—It is the common experience of all who have embraced Christian Science, to find on close acquaintance with it that all that was good and pure in their former beliefs is to be found in this new and yet old teaching. This experience is not confined, by any means, to those of one creed. It seems to be common to all. ... It is not surprising, therefore, that Mr. Lewis, whose sermon appears in your columns, should have detected this feature, even though he discloses but a very slight acquaintance with the subject. The insinuation, however, that Mrs. Eddy introduced the teachings of others into the text-book of Christian Science without giving credit therefor, deserves the strongest kind of rebuke. The good and true that is common to all religious teaching had its origin in the utterances of our one Master, and his example and teaching was left a heritage for all who believe him to be the Son of God.

Christian Scientists will also take exception to the manner in which Mr. Lewis refers to the Founder of Christian Science, the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy. If she has been the one through whose teaching thousands upon thousands of her fellow-beings have been brought to a knowledge of God, a knowledge which is not theoretical but is bringing forth the works, or signs, which Jesus said said should them that believe, surely she is deserving of the greatest honor and love. Our brother would do well to remember this when referring to her, or the system she has founded. ... To say that healing is not one of the "genuine Christian doctrines" of this system is to assert that the Founder of Christianity was unchristian when he healed the sick and directed his followers to do likewise.

Not a Bad Record
August 28, 1902

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