In a kindly reference to Christian Science, Dr. Bickersteth...

Bradford (England) Telegraph

In a kindly reference to Christian Science, Dr. Bickersteth is reported to have said that "they [the Christian Scientists] had done good by emphasizing the fact that our bodily health greatly depended on our mental and moral condition." Christian Science teaches that health depends wholly on our mental and moral condition, as the Bible declares. The mistake of the ages, as indeed this gentleman hints, has been in believing that body is first and Soul last; that matter is causation, and that Spirit is some kind of an abstraction which we shall learn more about on another plane of existence. Christian Science teaches that "all is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all" (Science and Health, p. 468).

Evil is not mightier than good. The fact that a little child can overcome the greatest evil with good, proves the impotence of evil. It has just the suppositional power which mortals choose to give it, no more. When it is understood that there is but one primal cause, and that cause is good, never evil, the race will emerge from its bondage of sin, sickness, disease, and death, and learn what the Scriptures mean when they say, "In him we live, and move, and have our being;" that is, in God, in health, in holiness, in wholeness, we have our being. The seeming power of evil, independent of God, is no power. It is but an error of belief, wrong in whatever way it is regarded. Then why not cease to set up a Moloch and fall down and worship before it in the very abasement of fear? It we construct no Moloch for ourselves, there will be none to worship or to fear, and we shall be in a position to obey implicitly the first commandment of the Hebrew Decalogue: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me," that "me" being good. If our ideal is the Christ, we shall get something in the nature of perfect health, for we read that as a man "thinketh in his heart, so is he." The Master said, "And I, if I be lifted up [in the consciousness [in the consciousness of mankind], will draw all men unto me"—unto truth, health, perfection. If it were not possible for humanity through the understanding of man's relationship to God to be freed from sin and sickness, why did Jesus say, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect"?

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