In a recent issue of your paper, I note that a critic asks...

Weymouth (England) Telegram

In a recent issue of your paper, I note that a critic asks for some "definite proof as to the unreality of matter." Surely to do so is very like a schoolboy asking for a proof as to why three and three do not make seven, without studying mathematics sufficiently to see that the result always has been and always must be six. Again, may I point out that Christian Scientists are not engaged in denying the existence of anything, but they are seriously engaged in endeavoring to overcome sin and disease. They do not, however, endeavor to destroy sin by making a great burden of it.

Christian Scientists are doing their best to understand more fully that law of God which Jesus came to fulfil. In other words, instead of attributing to God a creating including almost more discord than harmony, instead of believing that good can produce, or even permit, evil, they are striving to apply the teaching of the Founder of Christianity, as was so successfully done by the disciples during the first few hundred years of the Christian era, and so to prove what every Christian admits, namely, that the creation of God is perfect, for He "saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good."

Your correspondent further says, speaking of reality, that "a bird in the hand is worth many in the bush," which seems to imply that in learning more of reality there is a possibility of losing something. On the other hand, Christian Science teaches very clearly that nothing that is true will ever be lost. In studying and practising Christian Science, the student does learn the truth about God and His creation, including man, and in so doing he awakens to the significant fact that man is in reality not a slave to evil, whether in the form of sin or sickness, but that he has now dominion over everything that is unlike God; and further, that, as Jesus stated so clearly, those who understand his teaching will be able to do the works that he did.

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