An Important Distinction

Montrose (Col.) Press

Mr. Editor.

In your issue of December 18 appears an editorial under the title "Christian Science," which discusses at some length its teaching and doctrines.

While gratefully acknowledging the general tenor of fairness of the article, there are several phases of it that deserve notice. There is a vast difference between the religions of Brahma, Buddha, Zoroaster, and Mohammed, and the religion of Christ as set forth in Christian Science. Christian Scientists have the proof of the correctness of their religion. They have the "signs following" which Jesus said should follow them that believe. That Christian Science does heal can be proved by thousands of witnesses, and that this healing is the power of God can also be proved by thousands brought back from the brink of the grave. No eastern religion makes any such claims, and even if it did, it has no proof that the claim is true. There is a vast difference between mere words and actual demonstration, and this is the vital difference between Christian Science and the religions mentioned by the editorial in question. Christian Scientists make no claim to superior knowledge. They know they are happier, mentally freer, physically better, have clearer ideas of God and man, and can overcome, to some degree, the myriad forms of sin that beset them, better than ever before. They make no invidious comparisons between themselves and others who do not see the affairs of life as they view them. They follow the Scriptural command, "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling," and they strive to overcome self-righteousness the same as other sins.

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Clerical Misapprehension
February 12, 1903

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