Christian Scientists prove their views about Christ and...

Richmond (Ind.) Item

Christian Scientists prove their views about Christ and about the supposed powers of evil to be correct, as did the early Christians, by positive "proof," by "signs following," such as Jesus affirmed should in all ages be the reasonable evidences of loyal, genuine discipleship. For forty years Christian Science, as outlined in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, has been healing the sick and reforming sinners, through its interpretation of the words and works of Jesus. Our Lord's own reasonable argument is conclusive in this connection also, "If Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself."

The people of Jesus' time, so grossly material as to be unable to differentiate between the miserable sham of evil attempting to parade as good and the wholesome, convincing evidences of the Christ as demonstrated by Jesus and his followers in early centuries, were ruthlessly rebuked by our Lord in the words, "If I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out?" It behooves modern critics also to be extremely careful in the use of the term "false religion," lest, to use the words of the wise Gamaliel, they "be found even to fight against God." In the face of an ever increasing volume of incontestable evidence in the form of physical healings and moral regenerations, accredited to Christian Science, the people will not readily accept a supercilious declaration from any source to the effect that Christian Science is not supremely Christian in origin and nature.

Your readers may be interested to know something of the Christian Science concept of evil. In the first place, Christian Scientists are not able to agree with our critic in his deduction that Paul was afraid of evil, because a chief buttress of their faith in good is that sturdy apostle's unequivocal assurance, "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." Coupled with this assurance, moreover, the Christian Scientists have faith in the promise of Jesus, "Behold, I give unto you power ... over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you;" and, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."

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