In a letter which appeared in a recent issue, the writer...

Aberdeen (Scotland) Free Press

In a letter which appeared in a recent issue, the writer says that Christian Science is found in a "stagnant backwater of superstition and credulity where miracles are boomed." As a student of this subject for a number of years, I should like to make a few comments on these statements.

I believe that any unprejudiced person who has made a study of the New Testament will admit that our Lord started a great mental revolution which was to show itself in deeds, a revolution of thought so fundamental that he called it being "born again." This new way of thinking was primarily to be practised by each man on his own behalf, and secondarily to be preached to others. It was not sufficient, he taught, that his followers should refrain from sindful acts; they must go deeper, and cast out of thought all that is unlike God, and continue this process till they should become as perfect as the Father in heaven. Our Lord also declared that belief in him and his teachings would be followed by the outward signs of bodily healing, as well as by an abiding sense of peace and joy which the world could neither give nor take away, and that friendship and prosperity would likewise be found by those who first sought "the kingdom of God, and his righteousness." When, then, we find that prosperity and bodily health, peace and joy, do not follow belief in Jesus Christ, is it not a more reasonable and Christian position to suppose that there is something lacking in our faith, than to infer that the Saviour's statements have ceased to be true and his promises out of date?

October 26, 1912

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