In a synopsis of a sermon delivered by the Rev. Mr.—...

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In a synopsis of a sermon delivered by the Rev. Mr.—that gentleman refers kindly to the Christian Scientist, but misapprehends Christian Science when he implies that it teaches that mind transforms and transfigures matter until matter becomes the mere tool to do the bidding of the soul of man.

Christian Science defines God as Spirit; and if man is the image and likeness of God, as the Scriptures aver, man must be spiritual and not material, in spite of what the human sense may say about him. Christian Science teaches that Spirit is Mind, that this divine Mind is necessarily perfect, and knows only perfection; that man, as the image of this Mind, is a divine idea, and therefore a perfect idea. It also teaches that the material man and the material universe are but the illusions of a so-called mind ignorant of God, and not the truth about God and His creation, just as the rising sun and the stars "that climb the heavens and go" are not the truth about astronomical phenomena.

The Bible declares through the exalted thought of John that God made all that was made, "and without him was not any thing made that was made." The infinite creative Spirit could not be expressed in matter or material man, else Spirit would cease to be infinite. As some understanding is gained of God and His spiritual man, the belief in matter, or as St. Paul calls it, "the old man," begins to be "put off," and the spiritual man to be brought out. The Christian Scientist, then, does not transfigure matter and use it as a tool, but denies its reality and struggles to shake off its bondage, and this is the real cross he takes up to follow the Master, in obedience to the great Teacher's command.

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