Under the caption, "Many Attend Revivals," in a recent...

Charles City (Iowa) Intelligencer

Under the caption, "Many Attend Revivals," in a recent issue, I find an extract from a sermon by the evangelist which gives an erroneous idea as to the teachings of Christian Science concerning the question of sin. The statement is made: "The teaching of Christian Science and new theology on the subject of sin is deadening the consciences of the people. Sin is a fact and not a fancy."

The inference would be that this gentleman is under the impression that Christian Science teaches sin to be a fancy. Nothing can be more remote from the actual teachings of Christian Science in this respect. One who has even a superficial knowledge of the subject knows positively that the whole teaching of Christian Science is aimed at the destruction of sin and that its teachings emphasize the fact that the sum total of discord, disease, and death is the result of the sum total of sin in human consciousness. The effort, therefore, is so to arouse the individual to a higher and better consciousness of things, that he ceases to be a sinner and thus ceases to suffer as the result of sin.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the text-book of Christian Science, by Mrs. Eddy (p. 391), we read: "It is error to suffer for aught but your own sins. Christ, or Truth, will destroy all other supposed suffering, and real suffering for your own sins will cease in proportion as the sin ceases." From this it will be seen that Christian Science offers no ready refuge for the one who wishes to keep on sinning, but on the contrary, its teachings, if lived and practised, will result in the complete elimination of sin and its effects through the understanding of the infinite good which God has established for each one.

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February 8, 1913

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