The teachings of Christian Science are logical deductions...

The Tribune

The teachings of Christian Science are logical deductions from the premises that God is perfect, infinite, and the only creator. God's creation must be perfect, because God could not create anything that is imperfect without being conscious of that imperfection, or, in other words, without marring His perfection. So, quite logically, Christian Science teaches that in God's kingdom "there is no sickness, pain, sin, evil, devil, nor death"—all these things are but delusions or false beliefs, and they can be overcome by intelligence, the right understanding of God. Sin and sickness arise from a false sense of God and man, and they are destroyed by gaining a right sense of and love for God and man. The idea that sin and sickness are delusions from which man needs to be awakened, is quite Scriptural, as shown in the following passages: "I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness." "Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust [materially]." "Awake to righteousness, and sin not." "Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." ...

Christian Science does not deny the "depravity of [mortal] man," nor does it teach that mortal man "is a reflection of God and possesses inherent divinity regardless of regeneration." It makes the same distinction between sinful mortal man and spiritual man, the child of God, that Paul makes: "That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." It is true that Christian Science does not teach the peculiar views on the atonement adopted by some interpreters of the Bible, but it teaches it in a most practical way. The atonement or "at-one-ment" is a condition of being "at-one" with or in unity with God through Christ, Truth. This requires constant devotion to Christ, which makes him a Saviour in deed and in truth.

March 14, 1908

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