Christian Science recognizes that all power, all knowledge,...

Rocky Ford (Col.) Enterprise

Christian Science recognizes that all power, all knowledge, all presence, all action, is vested in God, Spirit, and that therefore the real universe which He created is spiritual, perfect, and harmonious. Evil, sin, disease, poverty, death, are not therefore a part of the spiritual universe, because they are contrary to the nature of God. Relying wholly on Spirit, Jesus, the apostles and prophets, healed the sick and attained that poise and freedom which have made them true models for manhood ever since. It is interesting to note that throughout Bible history the wonder-workers, hypnotists, witches, magicians, and mesmerists attempted to emulate the genuine works of those who relied on God. Thus the magicians of Egypt strove to do the works of Moses; the prophets of Baal, the deeds of Elijah. In the Old Testament constant warnings by the prophets are given the people against false wonder-workers; and so clearly was this distinction known to the people that even in the time of Jesus the Pharisees attempted to discredit his works by imputing his power to Beelzebub, the alleged god of materiality. The human mind or carnal mind, which St. Paul declares "is enmity against God," is not a healer. In fact, St. Paul declares in another place that it is the "old man" (the carnal mind) which must be put off, before the "new man" (the mind of Christ) can be put on, "which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."

The critic finds some fault with Christian Science because it emphasizes good to the exclusion of evil. I am quite well aware that some psychologists and philosophers have promulgated the theory that a knowledge of evil is necessary in order to appreciate the good; that it is necessary to know darkness in order to see light; that a man can gain knowledge only by comparing better with worse, and that evil is an inevitable and necessary concomitant of good. This seems to be the position of our critic when he states "we could have no apprehension or appreciation of 'good' except for the contrasting experiences that we call 'bad.' "

July 20, 1912

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