It should be understood that Christian Science is not...

Tiffin (O.) Tribune

It should be understood that Christian Science is not claimed by its Discoverer and Founder to be a discovery of anything absolutely new, but rather that it is a rediscovery of the proper interpretation and application of the eternal truths found in the Bible, as taught and practised by Jesus and his disciples, in destroying sickness and sin. Christian Scientists freely acknowledge the good done by those who do not belong to their own faith, and when healing is accomplished by other Christians through reliance upon divine power, they remember that the Master, when told by one of his disciples that another was casting out devils in his name, who followed not after them, said: "Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us."

As to the question of the reality or unreality of matter, pain, and sickness, it may be stated that, according to Christian Science, matter is a mortal concept, gained through the physical senses, of the ideas or manifestations of infinite Mind. As the physical senses are imperfect, this false material concept is to be corrected through a purified consciousness, attained through spiritual growth. Christian Science teaches that God is a being of infinite goodness and power; that He is the sole creator; and that all that He made is good. This being so, the necessary conclusion is that an infinitely good God does not create evil; that God is not the author of sickness, but that its apparent existence is due to a false concept of His perfect creations. Therefore, Christian Science teaches (Science and Health, p. 468) that "Spirit is the real and eternal," and that "matter is the unreal and temporal."

The united testimony of many thousands of intelligent people who have become adherents of Christian Science is, that through its teachings and daily practice they have been enabled to attain to "a knowledge of the immanence of God and in daily fellowship with our Lord" in a higher degree than anything they had ever before known. And it is this knowledge and consciousness of the divine presence which has enabled them to overcome many mortal discords and displace evil with good.

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