There is positively nothing in the writings of Mrs. Eddy,...

Indianapolis (Ind.) Star

There is positively nothing in the writings of Mrs. Eddy, or in any authorized Christian Science literature, that says directly or indirectly, or implies in any way, that Mrs. Eddy will "rise from the dead" or return to earth. The statement by an evangelist, in the article giving his opinion of Christian Science, in a recent issue, to the effect that Christian Scientists expect Mrs. Eddy to return here, serves to show the utter abandon with which he refers to the movement that has brought health and happiness to hundreds of thousands of suffering mortals. His statements about Christian Science evidence either a deliberate intention not to understand, or that he speaks from sources entirely unreliable.

A detailed discussion of all the erroneous references our brother made Christian Science is quite unnecessary when it is seen that he has tried to apply to the relative sense of man, which is the mortal or physical man, what Christian Science teaches about absolute man, or man in God's image and likeness. A sincere seeker for truth soon learns that "when man is spoken of as made in God's image, it is not sinful and sickly mortal man who is referred to, but the ideal man, reflecting God's likeness" (Science and Health, p. 346). Christian Science proves that man in God's image and likeness, the spiritual man, is never sick and never dies; but it does not deny that sin, sickness, disease, and death seem very real to the mortal or material man, "until God strips off their disguise" (p. 472).

Instead of Christian Science setting forth any such absurd notion as that "prayer is idle," it is showing multitudes how to pray constantly. Christian Science teaches that God is Mind, divine Love, infinite Principle, and that we are certainly in no position to advise Him what is best for His children. Christian Science teaches, too, that the motives behind our prayers are known by Him, and whether it be a petition or a song of praise, the answer is in proportion as we sincerely and understandingly put into practice the command of the Master: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself."

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Abundance of Good
June 12, 1915

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