A discussion of Christian Science necessarily involves going...

Proctor (Minn.) Journal

A discussion of Christian Science necessarily involves going to the original sources of information and studying them in the light of the interpretation thereof prescribed by the Discoverer and Founder, Mrs. Eddy. Therefore the writings of Mrs. Eddy must be interpreted spiritually, as also she insists must be the Bible; and while logically the premises established by Mrs. Eddy can be followed to a conclusion that is beyond cavil and cannot be disputed, yet Christian Science must be discerned by spiritual sense and not merely through intellectual apprehension. Mrs. Eddy has defined Christian Science as "the law of God, the law of good, interpreting and demonstrating the divine Principle and rule of universal harmony" (Rudimental Divine Science, p. 1).

The premise of Christian Science is that God is Spirit, and the creator of all; that He is Love, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. Therefore His creation must be spiritual and not material. Further, by reason of His omnipotence there can be no power opposed to Him; by reason of His omniscience He is the only real intelligence and knows all; and by reason of His omnipresence He is infinite and fills all space, therefore there is no room for any other presence, power, or intelligence.

This is also the doctrine of all other religious sects and creeds, the distinction being that Mrs. Eddy insists upon logical conclusions from these premises, and that those conclusions can be realized in daily practical experience. It follows that if "in him [God] we live, and move, and have our being," logically, when man reaches the right understanding of God and his relationship to Him and actually dwells "in the secret place of the most High," he becomes free of the discords of life,—sin, sickness, disease, and death,—and attains to the real freedom of the son of God. "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Again, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God."

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May 22, 1915

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