In a recently printed sermon entitled "Christian Science...

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In a recently printed sermon entitled "Christian Science: Is It Reasonable?" there are a number of points which need correction. Of all the Christian churches, the Christian Science church alone undertakes to obey all three of the Master's commands,—to teach, to preach, and to heal; and it finds the promises fulfilled, not only in the healing of sin and sorrow, but of sickness as well, in many cases even to the averting of death itself by spiritual means alone. The healing of tuberculosis, tumor, cancer, lameness, blindness, rheumatism, locomotor ataxia, and a host of other afflictions, through the understanding of God as ever present and omnipotent good, proves the truth of the glorious vision of Christian Science, that God is now as real, as good, as powerful, and as truly present as Jesus and his followers found Him to be nearly twenty centuries ago, and here and everywhere as truly as in the hills of Galilee and in the valleys of Judæa. It is the consciousness of what this means by way of daily blessing and limitless hope that brings the expression of gratitude which is so notable in Christian Scientists.

This clergyman intimates that the will is the source of Christian Science healing, when in fact the human will is of no assistance whatever, and in some cases presents one of the serious obstacles to be overcome. There are hundreds of cases of tobacco, liquor, and drug habits, where the will had been tried in vain, which under Christian Science treatment have yielded without a struggle, often within a very brief space, and at times instantaneously. Christian Science does not state that there is no sense of pain, but that in reality there is no pain, for man is the offspring of God, as the Bible states, and is therefore "above sin or frailty" (Science and Health, p. 266); and when this fact is perceived and realized, the sense of pain disappears into its native nothingness.

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