"Christian Science Dissected" was the sermon-subject at...

The Noonday Sentinel

"Christian Science Dissected" was the sermon-subject at the Christian Church in Marshall not long since, and as it was reported an effort was made to show that Christian Science is "a philosophy without wisdom; a science without facts; a religion without rational worship; a theology without God, and a Christianity without Christ." The mildest and most modest thing that can be said of these assertions is that they are wholly untrue. The test of wisdom is the practical results that follow the application of basis laws understood. Applying this rule, one can find no evidence for the conclusion that Christian Science is devoid of wisdom. Rather would an unprejudiced mind be forced to see, on account of the manifold good works of Christian Science that it is applied wisdom. The wisdom of Christian Science is based on the understanding of God and His creation; hence, it is the most profound wisdom, the knowledge of which is life eternal.

One correctly informed could hardly make the statement that Christian Science is "a theology without God, and a Christianity without Christ." God and Jesus the Christ form the center and the circumstance of Christian Science, which accepts one God, even the "true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." Christian Science is Christian because it admits of no deviation from the commands of Jesus the Christ, even including his injunction to heal the sick. It makes concessions to evil and stands for justice and right. It is science because it is demonstrable knowledge—in this case knowledge about God and man, available in the improvement of every distressing human condition,. Christian Science teaches absolute truth, even the truth of which Jesus spake when he said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." The admonition of Jesus, "If thou shall enter into life, keep the commandments," is regarded seriously and practically by Christian Scientists. In the authorized Christian Science literature scarcely a paragraph can be found in which the thought of God and Christ Jesus is not emphasized. For example, on page 497 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy writes, "We acknowledge and adore one supreme and infinite God. We acknowledge His Son, one Christ."

By rational worship is surely meant reasonable, intelligent, sane thinking and acting in matters pertaining to religion. Rational worship is plainly the application of the Master's teaching to preach the gospel and to heal the sick. Christian Science does not understand that this work should be left to a few ordained workers, but emphasizes the importance and necessity of daily deeds of love and good will by all its members. Christian Science is a most reasonable form of Christianity, appealing to reason more than to emotion. It explains logically and Biblically many points of Christianity over which scholastic theologyy has quibbled for centuries. It does away with inherited dogmas which do not stand the test of the commands of Jesus.

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