It is reported that Dr.—, in giving his address on...

Santa Rosa (Cal.) Republican

It is reported that Dr.—, in giving his address on "Christian Science in its Relation to the Church," stated that "the church recognizes the Word of God as its supreme authority, while Christian Science practically makes Science and Health its authority." There is nothing in Science and Health to warrant such an assertion. In every Christian Science service the Bible reading is first, while the references from Science and Health follow to elucidate the text. The orthodox churches all have their reference books and commentaries on the Bible, and the Christian Scientists have theirs, and thousands have testified that through its study they have learned to love and understand the Bible better.

In this commentary we read: "The Bible contains the recipe for all healing" (p. 406), and this recipe is the Christ-method. "He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions." Christian Science teaches the Christ-method of healing, the method taught by Jesus to his disciples, for he said: "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." The critic greatly errs in stating that Christian Science heals through the law of suggestion; and this reminds us that there were some in Jesus' time who declared he cast out devils by the power of Beelzebub.

Christian Science does not ignore sin, as the critic states, but teaches us how the Christ-method overcame, and still overcomes, the belief in sin, sickness, and death. Jesus said nothing about "vibration" in his teaching, and yet the doctor tells us: "The things you most enjoy come from vibration. It was through these laws that the walls of Jericho fell down. Thought vibrations reach the vibrations of the healer." Paul said, "By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days." Jesus said, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."

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