In your "For Sunday Reading" column there appeared...

Marshalltown (Ia.) Times-Republican

In your "For Sunday Reading" column there appeared an article under caption, "The Teachings of Christian Science," being the concept of said teachings which a clergyman erroneously entertains. He states, "Some of the dangers and heresies that inspire in Christian Science are selfishness—be good, and you will necessarily be well, strong, happy, and contented." If this is selfishness, then the Bible from beginning to end teaches selfishness. The whole mission of Jesus Christ and of his disciples and apostles was to instill into the consciousness of those with whom they came in contact the very thing which this critic terms selfishness. The teachings of the Bible throughout promise the rewards of health, strength, happiness, and peace to them that understand and love God. Christian Scientists are therefore perfectly willing to come under this classification, if this be indeed "selfishness."

Our critic states, "Ill health and trouble are not always a result of sin." Granted, and yet Jesus said to one whom he healed of the palsy, "Thy sins are forgiven thee." It may be stated as an incontrovertible fact that the sum total of ill health, trouble, discord of every sort, is inseparably associated with the sum total of sin.

No one can truthfully assert that "falsehood is taught in Christian Science." Truth and error do not mix. That which is true is eternally true, and that which is not eternally true has but a supposition of truth at any time. No Christian can logically claim that sin, disease, and death are eternally true, for the Bible teaches that they are but temporal experiences which yield to the final understanding of Truth. It is in this sense only that Christian Scientists deny the reality of sin, disease, and death.

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November 25, 1911

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