Our ministerial critic generously admits that Christian Science...

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Our ministerial critic generously admits that Christian Science has done good in awakening those spiritually listless to a more earnest study of their Bibles, in making people more unselfish and cheerful, and in curing "a limited number of functional troubles." All this is good, but we would add that the power of God is not limited to saving His children from minor ills only, but, as was illustrated in the practice of Jesus and his disciples, that it is available for full salvation from all evil.

The Christian Scientist recognizes God to be infinite and wholly good, and the creator only of good, so that evil cannot exist as a veritable reality. From this it follows that evil, sickness, and sin are human illusions and not external verities; yet Christian Science also teaches that to believe in or follow an illusion is a sin in itself and will bring suffering so long as it is indulged in. Jesus defined evil as a lie, and said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." By this teaching of the truth the Christian Scientists seek to save men from poverty, vice, and sickness, and they also encourage every human effort toward righteousness. Their gifts to charities are liberal. They heartily approve every movement toward civic reform, and they conduct a daily newspaper which aims "to injure no man, but to bless all mankind," by following St. Paul's advice, "Whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

November 13, 1909

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