In a recent issue I notice the report of Archdeacon—'s...

Hull (England) Times

In a recent issue I notice the report of Archdeacon—'s sermon, in which he couples Christian Science with Buddhism and Mohammedanism because, as he states, its teachings have no personal call to Jesus. I take it for granted that the archdeacon studied the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," before he attempted to speak publicly upon the subject, but it would hardly be possible to make a more incorrect analysis of the teachings of Christian Science than to associate them in any way with Mohammedanism or Buddhism.

I will, however, leave your readers to judge for themselves whether Christian Science teaches us to appreciate the personal sacrifices of Jesus Christ, and for this purpose I will quote Mrs. Eddy's teachings on this subject from her book "No and Yes" (p. 33): "The sacrifice of our blessed Lord is undeniable, and it was a million times greater than the brief agony of the cross; ... Jesus' sacrifice stands preeminently amidst physical suffering and human woe. The glory of human life is in overcoming sickness, sin, and death. Jesus suffered for all mortals to bring in this glory; and his purpose was to show them that the way out of the flesh, out of the delusion of all human error, must be through the baptism of suffering, leading up to health, harmony, and heaven. ... Nameless woe, everlasting victories, are the blood, the vital currents of Christ Jesus' life, purchasing the freedom of mortals from sin and death. This blood of Jesus is everything to human hope and faith. Without it, how poor the precedents of Christianity! It was not to appease the wrath of God, but to show the allness of Love and the nothingness of hate, sin, and death, that Jesus suffered. He lived that we also might live."

Because Christian Scientists understand that true appreciation of Jesus' mission entails going and doing likewise, that is, overcoming sin, disease, and death through the apprehension and practical utilization of his teachings, and because they take practically his statement when he declared, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven," this in no way signifies that they do not recognize gratefully the unparalleled example of Jesus Christ, but rather does it evidence the fact that they appreciate it keenly.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.