Mrs. Eddy's interpretation of some doctrinal points may...

Newmarket (Ont.) Express-Herald

Mrs. Eddy's interpretation of some doctrinal points may differ from that of some theologians, but that in itself does not prove her wrong. The value of any interpretation of Scripture lies in the practical results it makes possible, and judged by this standard, Mrs. Eddy's interpretation will stand the test.

Christian Science does not teach that the ills which beset us are only imaginary. Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health (p. 460), "Sickness is neither imaginary nor unreal,—that is, to the frightened, false sense of the patient. Sickness is more than fancy; it is solid conviction. It is therefore to be dealt with through right apprehension of the truth of being." Jesus proved the unreality of sickness and sin by destroying them, and when Christian Scientists speak of sin and sickness as unreal, it is equivalent to saying these things were never created by God, they are absolutely unlike Him; therefore they are not eternal, or in other words not real. While these things seem to form a part of our daily life, Christian Science teaches that in proportion as we attain to the Mind that was in Christ Jesus, we shall be able to gain the mastery, even as he did, over sin and disease and all other things which are opposed to God's government.

Critics may disagree with Christian Science, and may call its adherents "fools" for not believing as they (the critics) do, but such criticism is not argument; in fact, it generally shows a very weak case and a lack of argument. The great and final test of any system of healing or religion is the one set by our Master, when he said, "By their fruits ye shall know them." He also said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also."

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December 16, 1911

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