In the Examiner there appeared extracts from an address,...

The Ogden (Utah) Examiner

In the Examiner there appeared extracts from an address, delivered at the Union Tabernacle, headed "Evangelist Raps Christian Science." The principal objection raised by our friend to Christian Science is the statement that there is no pain, no illness. In Genesis we read, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him." Surely such a man is incapable of experiencing pain and suffering,—a man spiritually created. In the next verse we read that He gave this spiritual man dominion over every living thing that moveth upon the earth; and this it is that enables man to overcome and destroy the seeming reality of pain and suffering.

Christian Science does not deny that sin, disease, and suffering seem very real from the human or mortal standpoint. Sickness is a condition of discord or disease which the right harmonious mental condition relieves. Mrs. Eddy, in her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," says (Pref., p. xi), "The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus' time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and sin to reformation."

Our friend says, "Either stick to the Bible or leave it alone." I agree with him there, even to following Jesus' repeated instructions to his followers, viz.: to heal the sick as well as preach the gospel. Jesus did not recognize reality in sickness and pain or he would not so easily have been able to overcome and destroy them; neither would so many of his followers and students today be able to accomplish the same results if there was reality in pain and sickness.

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