A correspondent says, "Christian Science is false to both...

Norfolk (England) Chronicle and Post

A correspondent says, "Christian Science is false to both the word Christian and the word science, because of its private meaning put upon words in common use." Let us examine this statement.

I find the definition of a Christian, in Webster's New International dictionary, to be, "one who believes, or professes or is assumed to believe, in Jesus Christ, and the truth as taught by him." Now there is no "private meaning" in this, and it is exactly what Christian Scientists believe. The Bible lays down, in language which cannot be mistaken, the way by which a Christian shall be known for all time: "By their fruits ye shall know them." "These signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do." It is a mere matter of history that for two hundred and twenty-five years after the ascension the early Christians raised the dead as well as healed the sick through their spiritual understanding of truth; that Elijah and Elisha, some eight hundred and ninety-five years before Jesus' time, raised the dead and healed the sick, multiplied oil and meal, and made iron to swim.

Does our critic not see from this that there is a divine Principle sustaining, maintaining, and containing the universe, and that those who are spiritually minded, or who have the Mind "which was also in Christ Jesus," can understand it and prove it by demonstration? The law of God which was brought into operation by the spiritual understanding of Elijah, was precisely the same law which enabled Jesus, the disciples, and the early Christians to perform similar works. It is the same spiritual law which Mrs. Eddy discovered, and has explained so clearly in her book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

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