A letter from a critic, in which she states a few of the...

Trowbridge (England) Advertiser

A letter from a critic, in which she states a few of the reasons why she does not consider Christian Science to be the true theology of Jesus, shows that she has completely misunderstood the teachings of Christian Science.

In order to understand what Mrs. Eddy means by the unreality of sin, disease, and death, it is necessary to observe that it is from the standpoint of the absolute that she is speaking. It will be acknowledged by all Christians that sin, disease, and death do not proceed from God, who is the only creator. They will agree with Habakkuk that God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil." They will therefore have to concede that there can be no absolute reality or being in anything of which God is not conscious. We are told that our Master came to destroy the works of the devil. Sin, disease, and death were the conditions he destroyed. Again, our Master has defined the devil as a murderer from the beginning, which "abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." From the relative standpoint, which is the point of view of the human or carnal mind, of course sin, disease, and death seem real. They are temporal phenomena which can never have any connection with the eternal reality of true being.

With regard to God being personal, Mrs. Eddy writes on page 116 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "If the term personality, as applied to God, means infinite personality, then God is infinite Person,—in the sense of infinite personality, but not in the lower sense."

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