In an issue of recent date there appears a letter from one...

Wallington and Carohalton Record

In an issue of recent date there appears a letter from one writing under the nom de plume "Alpha," unfavorably commenting upon Colonel Fell's lecture on Christian Science. It is very evident that our critic cannot discern the meaning of a parable. Can he not see that the story of the lamp was figurative, and illustrated the impossibility of light and darkness being present at the same moment? When our Master compared the kingdom of heaven unto a mustard-seed, it is not to be supposed that he did so from a physical point of view.

Christian Science teaches that the absolute truth cannot be discerned by the physical senses, but must be "spiritually discerned," as St. Paul puts it. Our critic says that, granting the assumption that God is All-in-all, there would still be room for evil in the fabric of good, as poison is part of the best food and physics. I think he is here guilty of the illogic of which he accuses the lecturer. If God, good, is All-in-all, and evil is the opposite of good, then evil cannot be part of the All-in-all of good. If evil were present as a reality, then good must be absent to that extent, and could not be All-in-all. Now, the fact that two plus two equals four, is an omnipresent fact throughout the universe. The belief that two plus two equals five, is false throughout the universe; therefore it has no real presence. This is an example of all truth and error. The only place that error seems to dwells in is the false consciousness of the "carnal mind," which St. Paul tells us is "enmity against God," Truth. It would be well for the critic to consider the saying of Jesus the Christ: "Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand."

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"Chance and change"
February 6, 1915

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