Christian Science plants itself unreservedly on the side...

Rocky Ford (Col.) Enterprise

Christian Science plants itself unreservedly on the side of spirit and declares that spiritual things are the only real things and that the material universe is a false concept of the corporeal senses and will pass away. St. John declared, "And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." That the universe expresses Mind, and Mind only, is the conclusion to which even the leading physicists of the day are tendering. Huxley himself exclaims, "After all, what do we know of this terrible 'matter', except as a name for the unknown and hypothetical causes of states of our own consciousness?"

Christian Science does not deny the existence of pain, evil, sin, sickness, and health to the mortal consciousness. It denies that they are a part of God's universe or that He created them. They are an expression of false material sense, the carnal mind of which St. Paul speaks. Would our critic, in denying this position of Christian Science, assert that these things are a part of the kingdom of heaven? They must be, if God made them. Jesus said he came to destroy the works of the devil. The works of the devil are pain, evil, sin, sickness, disease, and death. How could Jesus destroy these things if they are a part of God's universe and have eternal life? The mortal false consciousness of evil—matter, sin, disease, death—lasts as long as we believe in its reality and no longer. When corrected by a higher understanding this consciousness passes away, as St. John declares.

Ezra W. Palmer.
Rocky Ford (Col.) Enterprise.

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