The statement that Christian Science is neither Christian...

Brantford (Can.) Courier

The statement that Christian Science is neither Christian nor scientific has been made and corrected so often that it would seem unnecessary to go over the ground again. However, it may not be out of place to say again that it is Christian because it is absolutely in accord with the teachings of the Master, and proves its usefulness in the way Jesus commanded and the way he himself proved his statements, namely, by actual demonstration in the healing of sickness and sin. The proofs of this are so overwhelming as to be apparent to any sincere investigator. Christian Science is scientific because it is based on exact knowledge of God and of man's relation to God, which knowledge, when applied understandingly, enables its possessor to solve the problems of life,—to heal the sick and reform the sinner in the way our Master taught.

The objection that the Christian Science view of sin is not Christian and that it "minimizes the seriousness of sin," has been repeatedly raised and as often disproved. From a great many references to sin in the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," one cannot perhaps do better than quote the following from page 291, which should effectually set the matter at rest: "The suppositions that sin is pardoned while unforsaken, that happiness can be genuine in the midst of sin, that the so-called death of the body frees from sin, and that God's pardon is aught but the destruction of sin,—these are grave mistakes."

The difficulties in which our critic has involved himself are mainly due to the fact that he has failed to appreciate vital points in the teaching of Christian Science, and therefore has not presented the subject fairly to his audience on those points. For instance, he has not discriminated, as Christian Scientists are taught to do, between man made in God's image, and mortals, who are not made in God's image. In a similar manner he has failed to distinguish clearly between the divine Mind and the carnal mind.

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July 23, 1910

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