In his sermon as reported in a recent issue, our critic...

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In his sermon as reported in a recent issue, our critic touches upon some vital questions of Christianity and says many good things which should hasten the awakening of human consciousness to the pitfalls of materialism and to a desire for a fuller knowledge of the Christ, Truth. We would not question the doctor's sincere desire to be a bringer of glad tidings of truth and love to mankind, yet it is to be regretted that such a messenger should indulge a spirit of religious intolerance and thereby forget the Scriptural injunction, "Speak not evil one of another, brethren." To denounce Christian Science signifies quite clearly that its teaching is misunderstood.

We agree with the doctor that faith is an essential element in one's spiritual growth, yet to progress into a fuller knowledge of the truth of being, faith must advance to understanding, that the problem of life may be demonstrated. There is a vast difference between a blind faith and the faith of understanding. One might have absolute faith in the infallibility of mathematics, but without an understanding of the principle and rule of numbers he could not solve the simplest problem in arithmetic; so, too, a mere faith in God is insufficient to enable mankind to solve the problem of life. The Galilean Teacher was able, not through faith only, but through his understanding of spiritual law, to prove the truth of his teaching by demonstration, and he said it is through a knowledge of God and the Christ that mankind enters into eternal life; hence it is clearly seen that the process of regeneration is purely mental, or spiritual. Paul recognized this fact, for in his letter to the Romans he said: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

February 28, 1914

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