Mrs. Eddy rightly claimed to be a follower of Christ Jesus

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Mrs. Eddy rightly claimed to be a follower of Christ Jesus. She comprehended his teachings sufficiently to make the proof of healing by spiritual means alone, and she reduced to writing what is revealed of the Science of being in the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." She did not claim the cures wrought through Christian Science were miraculous, but that they were "supremely natural" (Pref., p. xi). These cures seem miraculous to the uninformed materialist, but not so to the well-instructed Christian Scientist. Any one who has a correct knowledge of God and the spiritual man can heal the sick. Every professed Christian should be able to make proof of his discipleship. The Master said: "Heal the sick," and, "These signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

Christian Science teaches that there is a distinction between man made in the image of God and the mortal man who is of the race of Adam. Christian Scientists are natural; they eat food, they wear clothing, they live in houses, etc. The difference between a Christian Scientist and his former sense of self is in growth of understanding. It is in putting off the old man with his deeds and becoming transformed by the renewing of his mind, that he may prove "what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God," spoken of by St. Paul in his epistle to the Romans. A Christian Scientist has the ultimate goal always in view. He loves God supremely, obeys the leadings of truth, and endeavors to follow as nearly as possible in the footsteps of the Master. The Christian Scientist is not a false accuser; he wars not with his brother; he respects individual rights, and permits others to worship God according to the dictates of their conscience, and all that he asks is to be permitted to enjoy the same privilege.

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