A recent issue of the Enterprise announced a sermon on...

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A recent issue of the Enterprise announced a sermon on "Why I am not a Christian Scientist," or "Mrs. Eddy versus Jesus Christ." The implication carries with it the assumption that the critic is thoroughly familiar with the teachings both of the Master and of Christian Science. The question arises, "How are we to know what the Master taught and what Mrs. Eddy teaches?" Jesus said : "My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself."

On page 28 of the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy says: "Neither the origin, the character, nor the work of Jesus was generally understood. Not a single component part of his nature did the material world measure aright. Even his righteousness and purity did not hinder men from saying : He is a glutton and a friend of the impure, and Beelzebub is his patron."

There are many today who still believe that Jesus' earth mission consisted of a few years of miraculous acts. From that view-point the teachings of Mrs. Eddy would conflict with his; for Christian Science emphasizes the fact that Jesus came to make available to all mankind, and for all time, the law of Life, the law of God, the law of health. He demonstrated that "the flesh profiteth nothing," that "it is the spirit that quickeneth." A comprehensive interpretation of this is given on page 26 of Science and Health : "The Christ was the Spirit which Jesus implied in his own statements: 'I am the way, the truth, and the life;' 'I and my Father are one.' . . . Divine Truth, Life, and Love gave Jesus authority over sin, sickness, and death. His mission was to reveal the Science of celestial being, to prove what God is and what He does for man."

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