Our critic says that Christian Science is not Christian...

Medical Times

Our critic says that Christian Science is not Christian because Christian Scientists deny the reality of suffering, while St. Paul wrote, "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." Now the word reality is used in Christian Science to describe the absolute, that is, the spiritual and eternal. In what way, therefore, the text from Romans just quoted affects Christian Science it would be difficult to say. If our critic considers sin and suffering a reality, he either believes them part of the creation of God, since "without him was not any thing made that was made," or else he considers them a creation, a real creation, independent of God in which case all things were not made by God.

The ministry of Jesus was to an enormous extent a ministry of physical healing. When John the Baptist sent to inquire if he was the Christ, it was by his healing works that he elected to be judged; when the material instincts of those to whom he preached revolted from the very absoluteness of the spiritual truths he presented to them, it was to his works he declared they must turn for proof of his words; and when he wished to define a believer, his definition was an ability to do his works. It is suggestive that our critic should have selected as a type of heresy the one sect which has accepted literally Jesus' command to preach the gospel and to heal the sick.

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