Because of the emphasis which its teachings give to the healing of the sick, Christian Science has been regarded by some of its critics as merely a means of curing bodily ills, and to such its true spiritual animus is unknown. On the other, hand there is a class which assumes to see in it nothing but another denomination or sect, preaching the same gospel of a future-world salvation which has been preached for ages. Both of these concepts of Christian Science are wrong, for it should be understood that faith and works are united in this religion as they were in the time of Jesus and his immediate followers.

The healing of the sick is the necessary and logical outgrowth of the teachings of the Master when scientifically applied to the affairs of men, and this healing cannot be separated from the spiritual development of the individual. The two are so interwoven as to constitute the practical demonstration of Immanuel—God with us—in human experience. Mrs. Eddy has well said of the necessity for a unified Christianity, "Anciently the followers of Christ, or Truth, measured Christianity by its power over sickness, sin, and death; but modern religions generally omit all but one of these powers,—the power over sin. We must seek the undivided garment, the whole Christ, as our first proof of Christianity, for Christ, Truth, alone can furnish us with absolute evidence" (Science and Health, p. 142).

September 29, 1906

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