Our critic thinks that Christian Scientists are not Christians...

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Our critic thinks that Christian Scientists are not Christians because they deny the reality of sin, and yet it is this very denial that makes them Christians, for this teaching is in accord with the teachings of Jesus, who describes the devil as "a liar, and the father of it." He also says, "There is no truth in him." If he is not true he is necessarily untrue or unreal. When Christian Science declares that sin is unreal it means that it is unreal in the sense that God did not create it and consequently it is subject to annihilation by a knowledge of His allness. If sin and its consequent—sickness—were real, it would be hopeless to strive against it, as reality cannot be destroyed. The understanding that sin is not of God, and therefore unreal, gives one a confidence that through earnest striving and purification of self, sin at last will be overcome and vanish into its normal condition of nothingness. Evil is the absence of good and is extinguished by the presence of truth, as the shadow is by the coming of the sunlight.

Christian Science is based upon the teachings of Jesus, and that it correctly interprets them is proved in being enabled to heal the sick. A correct understanding of the Master's instruction always confers the ability to fulfil the promise, "The works that I do shall he do also." If the ability be lacking, it is proof that his teachings are not comprehended. "By their fruits ye shall know them."

October 12, 1907
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