Christian Scientists do not deny that Jesus Christ was...

Savannah (Ga.) Press

Christian Scientists do not deny that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, but they accept the Master's own statements: "I and my Father are one:" "My Father is greater than I;" "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." In explaining this oneness, Mrs. Eddy says (Science and Health, p. 361), "One in quality, not in quantity." This being true, Christ is the Son of God, the idea or expression of infinite Mind, manifesting God or good in deeds of love; and Christian Scientists so understand Christ Jesus to be the Son of God.

Our critic says that "Christian Scientists deny that there is any such thing as pain and sickness, but they cannot wave them away with such a magical wand." The apostle James said, "Resist the devil [or evil], and he will flee from you." Again, the beloved disciple, John, tells us that the mission of Christ "was to destroy the works of the devil." The four Gospels give abundant record of the works of the Master in destroying sin, sickness, and death, thus overthrowing evil (or the work of the devil) with good, through the divine law of Love. He thus proved that sin, sickness, and death were not creations of a good God, but were suggestions of the carnal mind, evil (or devil); that they were to be denied and cast out because they were not of God, therefore unreal to God or good, just as a mistake or error is no part of the principle of mathematics; the error corrected disappears, and thus is denied or made unreal.

This good minister is daily admonishing sinners to make sin unreal by turning to God,—turning away from sin, denying it a place in their consciousness, thus eliminating it from their lives; casting it out, resisting it, making it unreal. Christian Science says pain and disease are the effects of sin or ignorance of God's law of Love, and can be, must be, denied, resisted, and cast out—made unreal through an understanding of God's law of Love, of that Mind of Christ which heals all our diseases. Holding to Jesus' command, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect," is holding in thought the perfect concept or divine ideal, which in itself is denying that there is or can be anything but the divine All, God and His perfect idea.

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December 5, 1908

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