I shall be glad if you will permit me to make a few remarks...

Edinburgh (Scot.) Evening News

I shall be glad if you will permit me to make a few remarks about the address on Christian Science, recently reported in your columns. Christian Scientists certainly take the inspired word of the Scriptures as their guide to Life, but that does not mean that they accept all the presentday interpretations of the Bible. Every Christian church acknowledges Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world, but the large number of Christian sects testifies to the divergent interpretations put upon his teachings. The position of our opponent is weak; he is unable to prove his understanding of the Saviour's words by producing those signs of bodily healing which Christ Jesus declared should follow those that believe; he admits that Christian Science heals, yet he denounces the interpretation of Scripture through which the healing is wrought, and expects us to accept his interpretation as the correct one.

Our critic says it is a remarkable thing that the great majority of the members of the Christian Science church in this country were formerly members of churches, or at least professing Christians. From this he infers that they require to be shown how unscriptural is its teaching. We believe, however, that an open-minded public will agree with us that this fact tends to show that Christian Science is truly in accord with the Scriptures, since it has been accepted by so large a number of people well informed as to the doctrines and practise of Christianity. In his first address, the lecturer admitted that Christian Science improves both the health and the morals of men, but he went on to declare that Christian Science teaches people to disregard sin, to say it is unreal, and leave it at that. It is not necessary to be a profound student of human nature to see that a total disregard of sin could not raise the standard of morals. Mrs. Eddy, in all her works, maintains that all the sin, disease, and sorrow in the world is the result of wrong thinking, sinful or ignorant, conscious or unconscious. She shows that in order to escape from sin we must cease to believe in it as possessing power, necessity, or attraction, and that this can only be done by gaining a far clearer perception and a much more intimate sense of God's abiding presence and infinite power.

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