In Christian Science, the reverend critic averred, the...

Rochdale (Eng.) Observer

In Christian Science, the reverend critic averred, the health of the body was made the chief feature, whereas in the New Testament it was the salvation of the soul that was emphasized.

This severance of these two questions as two separate and independent considerations is what Christian Science shows to have been the open door for schism and naught but a pernicious influence upon the Christian church. Christian Science does not make "the health of the body the chief feature," but it does insist that the healing power of the Christ is with us alway, and that, with the knowledge of the truth, discordant conditions, the supposititious exceptions to the perfect law of God, must disappear. If they do not, the truth is not in us, and we are like the woman bound by Satan, in bondage to a lie. It is not a little strange that earnest students of the Bible, familiar with all its definite declarations, from the promise in Exodus, "If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, ... I will put none of these diseases upon thee," to Jesus' rebuke to the scribes, "Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?" should be able for a moment to entertain the idea that sin and sickness and suffering can be anything other than indissolubly connected, related, and interdependent. And if this is so, true healing, as distinguished from mere doctoring of disease, becomes at once inseparable from religion.

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