KNOWLEDGE VS. BELIEF

Why do Christian Scientists when asked regarding their religious belief refer enquirers to their text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy? Recently a criticism in line with the above question caused me to ponder. It is certainly true that we do this. It is also certain that one may ask a member of almost any other religious denomination what he believes and obtain a prompt answer. Then why not from a Christian Scientist? In reasoning the matter out I became convinced that the difference in the answers given is just the difference between knowledge and belief.

A creed, of belief, can be easily memorized and repeated, whereas positive knowledge is gained only by study, often arduous, and the results obtained are more an individual understanding of how to do than of how to say. The dictionaries define science as "knowledge," therefore Christian Science is Christian knowledge, and a Christ Jesus, in exactly the same way that a mathematical scientist is one who has studied mathematics. One is, in the full sense of the word, a demonstration of Christianity, the other a demonstration of mathematics.

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