Our critic is mistaken in his assertion that "Christian Scientists...

Lake Charles (La.) American

Our critic is mistaken in his assertion that "Christian Scientists need no Saviour, for they do not sin, according to their belief." No one knows better than the Christian Scientist that all humanity needs a Saviour. Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health (p. 345), "Anybody, who is able to perceive the incongruity between God's idea and poor humanity, ought to be able to discern the distinction (made by Christian Science) between God's man, made in His image, and the sinning race of Adam." Christian Scientists do not claim that they, as mortals, do not belong to the "sinning race of Adam," needing salvation from sin and sickness.

Again, our critic says, "Christian Science is not the good work of God, for it does not take sinners from sin and lead them to the eternal light of God." Yet this is just what Christian Science is doing. He also says, "The adherents of Christian Science believe in an impersonal God." The fact is that they believe in an incorporeal God. They accept the Bible teaching that "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." This does not deprive them of "a God to pray to." On the contrary, Christian Scientists are taught to "pray without ceasing."

This clergyman further says, "They do not know what Mrs. Eddy is teaching, or they would turn down Christian Science and go to the church of God to be saved." Does his "church of God" save from sickness as well as from sin, as Jesus commanded his followers to do? There are judges, lawyers, teachers, doctors, college professors, and clergymen in the ranks of Christian Science, who have given careful and prayerful study to its teachings; who have been healed of all manner of sickness and helped morally and spiritually; and who have left the orthodox churches of which they were members only after being thoroughly convinced that Christian Science is the religion of Christ Jesus. Does our critic think they were all so ignorant or careless as not to know "what Mrs. Eddy is teaching"? "By their fruits ye shall know them."

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