In the issue of Sept. 14 of Continental Herald the...

Continental Herald

In the issue of Sept. 14 of Continental Herald the Rev. J. H. Fry. M.A., has undertaken to write an article on Christian Science; but although he has no doubt tried to "judge righteous judgment," he in many places mistakes his own personal views for what Christian Science is un christian and "corrupt heresy" is, to say the least, a rather strong expression in view of the fact that the only desire of the Christian Scientists is to follow Christ Jesus in practising the Golden Rule and by obeying his commandments in healing the sick and saving the sinner.

This critic says further: "Science means knowledge and affirms nothing which cannot be proved." In The Christian Science Journal of May, 1906, W. D. McCrackan, M.A., says: "That Christian Science, i.e., is precise and undeviating, because governed by unvarying rules, has been proved by the vast number of cases in which exact results have been obtained when these rules have been correctly applied."

The assertion that the God of Christian Science is a different God from the God of the Bible, can be made only by one not familiar with the teachings of Christian Science. The critic says, "If it be true that those who walk with God can experience no suffering and no sorrow, the Bible must be rewritten from beginning to end." Christian Science teaches that suffering and sorrow are phases of a mortal consciousness governed to a great extent by sin and fear, and therefore they are the results of evil or error and not the institutions of divine law. Now, if "walking with God" means a daily corrected understanding of Him and His eternal and harmonious laws, demonstrated in a corrected life, this must and should also mean a daily departure from the state of mind which induces sorrow and suffering. Science and Health says, p. 219. "Entire immunity from the belief in sin, suffering and death may not be reached at this period, but we may look for an abatement of these evils." The Bible inculcates these truth from cover to cover. When Moses and the prophets exhorted their people to "turn to the Lord and walk in his statutes," it surely was not in order to incur sufferings, but to save them from their miseries. Even Job, when he recognized God and caught a glimpse of His truth, was saved from his woes. The ultimate immunity from pain and sorrow is prophesied in the Bible. In Isaiah we read, "Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return,... and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away." "In Revelation we find, "And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain;" and the psalmist declares, "Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling."

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