Christian Scientists have no objections to intelligent discussion...

Lamar (Col.) News

Christian Scientists have no objections to intelligent discussion of Christian Science. They rightly object, however, when its teachings are misrepresented and made the subject of ridicule or malice. The teachings of Christian Science are now well known. The writings of Mrs. Eddy and the periodicals of the church are in practically every public library, so that the plea of ignorance for misrepresentation cannot be made.

If this evangelist thinks he can advance the sects he represents by misrepresenting the teachings of other denominations, he sadly mistakes the nature of Christianity. Such methods bear within themselves the seeds of their own destruction and finally react upon the persons guilty of them. "All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword," said Jesus. Invective and innuendo overreach themselves and fail to stop the onward march of truth. These weapons have not only failed to destroy the progress of Christian Science, but have on the contrary led many to investigate its teachings, and, as a result, to receive the benefits of health, happiness, and spiritual peace which accrue from its study.

Christian Science does not deny that sin exists in mortals. It recognizes that mortals sin, but it denies that God created sin or permitted it to exist. Sin is a false human belief— nothing more—which a right knowledge of divine law annuls and forever destroys. God no more created sickness than He did sin. Sickness is the result of fear, worry, false mental pictures, and the belief that a man is a mortal, material, physical being, with beginning and end. Christian Science repudiates this false concept of man and demonstrates that man is spiritual, made in the image and likeness of God, and therefore is not subject to fear and sickness. Jesus healed the sick through the power of Mind and he commanded his followers to do likewise. Christian Scientists are proving that through the divine law of Love it is possible not only to prevent sickness but to destroy it when it has manifested itself on the body.

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October 28, 1916

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