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Newark (N. J.) News

Misstatements concerning Christian Science appeared in the report of an evangelist's sermon published in your paper of recent date. In attacking Christian Scientists, as well as others whose religious convictions differ from his own, our critic has altogether overlooked the admonition of Jesus to the multitude in the temple courts, "Judge righteous judgment," or, in a more modern translation, "Judge justly."

Our brother is scarcely justified in his comparison of Christian Scientists with the prophets of Baal, "who prayed to their god to light the fire on their altar, but without result," to use the critic's words. To be exact, the analogy is clearly with the experience of the prophet Elijah, whose prayer was answered. Christian Scientists have been proving for forty odd years that Jesus meant what he said when he promised, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also ; and greater works than these shall he do ; because I go unto my Father." They have been doing these works, and are doing them today, healing sickness and "all manner of disease," just as Jesus commanded his followers to do, and just as the early Christians did for nearly three centuries. As the prayer of Elijah was answered, to the great discomfiture of the prophets of Baal, so the prayers of Christian Scientists are answered, and people are healed of sickness and sin, of want and wretchedness, of bad habits and bad tempers.

All Christians accept the teaching of the Bible that God is good. All Christians believe in the omnipotence of God, and of course will agree with Christian Scientists that the goodness of God is therefore omnipotent good. Omnipotence means all-power, and shuts out the presence and possibility of any other power. Christian Science, therefore, is in accord with the Bible, and with the general belief in its assertion that good is the only power in God's universe; but it goes farther, and declares that this can be demonstrated in the proportion that one understands the spiritual import of the Bible teachings. Jesus knew that good was the only power, for he said, "There is none good but one, that is, God," and he proved that he knew it by overcoming every manifestation of evil or of a power opposed to God or good. Paul knew it, for he cautioned the Christians in Rome, "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Christian Scientists are striving to know this also, and are able to demonstrate it in proportion as they understand spiritual law.

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