Christian Science starts from the premise that there is...


Christian Science starts from the premise that there is one First Cause, self-existent, eternal, infinite; one intelligence or Mind, the Being men call Spirit or God, the Principle of all true existence. Perfect Mind expresses itself in perfect ideas, so that creation is spiritual, ideal, perfect in every detail. Now matter,—that which appears to the senses,—with all its evil and discord, is the negation of this; is, in fact, the result of the carnal or mortal mind, a false, imperfect sense of things, which, for the very reason that it is a false sense of things, must of necessity be destroyed by Truth, must cease to have even an apparent reality. Material objects are consequently the counterfeits of spiritual ideas, and, speaking absolutely, unreal; much as, from the ordinary standpoint, the distorted landscape seen through a bad pane of glass is unreal. Material selfhood is a false, imperfect, mortal sense of man's true, spiritual, perfect, eternal individuality, which in-true, spiritual, perfect, eternal individuality, which in-God, in whom "we live, and move, and have our being." Even a healthy material body is not the reality of man, but health is a nearer approximation to reality than is sickness, and is one step at any rate on the road to that final conquest over physical conditions which found its perfect expression in Jesus of Nazareth, in whom "the Word was made flesh;" through whom, that is to say, the expression of the divine Mind, the spiritual idea, was made manifest to mortals.

Any one who will read, intelligently and carefully, the above resume of Christian Science teaching, will find that it solves the difficulties brought forward by our critic. To judge by the latter's criticism, it would seem that Christian Science denied everything and left existence a dreary blank. On the contrary, it takes away nothing but the false, imperfect sense of things; it leaves the true behind. It does not say there is no rose, no landscape; it does say that the rose, and the landscape, as God created them, present a glory of which mortal sense has only a faint conception. "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." "Things which are seen were not made of things which do appear." It will be noticed from what has been said that mortal mind cannot create anything; this false sense of things can only seem to counterfeit, to give a false sense of God's perfect creation.

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