Our critics object to the teachings of Christian Science...

The Ballarat Star

Our critics object to the teachings of Christian Science regarding matter. In doing so, they fail to recognize what Mrs. Eddy gives in place of that which she repudiates. When she denies the existence of matter it is not the creation itself which is denied in this Science, but the false material concept thereof. Christian Science does not teach that the creations of God do not exist, and that man has no body, but that they are not what they appear to be, and if their actual existence was seen in the light of spiritual understanding, we should behold them as they really are in their beauty and perfection. It is the darkened material sense of things which hides from us this true view of God and His creation. The quotation given by Dean Vance (which he declares to be Mrs. Eddy's own words) is not to be found in the Christian Science textbook. Christian Science does not deny that sickness exists as a seeming reality in the human consciousness, but teaches that it may be overcome and destroyed by the understanding of the supremacy of Spirit, and by knowing that in God's kingdom sin, sickness, and death are unknown.

Our critic asserts that Mrs. Eddy teaches that there is no final judgment day. Christian Science endorses the Bible statement, that "whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Sin brings suffering here and now, and unless mankind is learning this lesson from experience, the judgment is proceeding daily and hourly. It is incompatible with divine law that man should spend a lifetime in sin, and expect to escape punishment for an indefinite period of time.

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February 23, 1907

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