I have read with considerable interest the editorial in a...

Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Republican

I have read with considerable interest the editorial in a recent issue of the Republican, under the caption "The Mysterious God," for it commented on the statement made in a recent lecture on Christian Science to the effect that "a right understanding of God heals the sick." There is, as you truly state, "a lot of misunderstanding of God in this world." This misunderstanding, however, is not because of anything that God has established or ordained, but is due to the unwillingness on the part of humanity to relinquish the wrong concepts, the man-made theories which have burdened the ages. God is understandable, but not from any materialistic view-point. Jesus said to the woman at the well, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."

The great trouble with humanity has been that it has conceived for itself an outlined, circumscribed, and materially located God in the image and likeness of itself. St. Paul saw this condition of things with the Athenians, and stated: "As I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you." There has been too much blind belief in the "unknown God." There is too much of mysticism and idolatry in human thought, neither of which has any legitimate part in the relation between God and man. The wise man said, "Understanding is a well-spring of life unto him that hath it," and Jesus said, "This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."

It will therefore be seen that the statement by the Christian Science lecturer, that "a right understanding of God heals the sick," certainly has Scriptural authority. Christian Scientists rejoice that a large measure of this understanding has come into their lives, and they further rejoice that they are daily proving its divine efficacy in the overcoming of sin and disease.

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December 12, 1914

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