Healing in Christian Science means vastly more than simply the alleviation of physical or mental suffering, however much to be desired that may be.
Since the article here following is a reply to an article which appeared in our columns, and since we wish to observe the rule of justice that one attacked should not be denied a word in his own defense.
In his sermon at the George Street Congregational Church the clergyman is reported as having referred to people who today are turning aside from Christianity and the church of Christ and embracing the "gratuitous irrelevancies of Christian Science.
I would be glad to have space for comment on your statement in a recent issue, that you have been unable to find the source of Christian Science healing outside of certain movements which deal with the speculations and theories of the human mind.
Recently I attended a lecture on Christian Science given at a church of that denomination in this city.
Christian Science declares that God, Spirit, Mind, is the perfect Principle of all that really exists; that the real universe, including man, is spiritual, perfect, harmonious, intact now and forever, and that this spiritual fact can never be changed.
In a review of a book of addresses recently published, it is stated that the author of them pronounced Christian Science "to be 'founded on a scheme of metaphysics which is crudely absurd,' but the faith built upon that unsatisfactory foundation he regards as 'entitled to all respect.
We wish to caution members of The Mother Church in regard to the frequent solicitations they receive by mail and otherwise to invest their money in enterprises which purport to make a special appeal to Christian Scientists.
While it is unquestionably true that those who are seeking "first the kingdom of God" are assured and do attain the peace "which passeth all understanding," this plane of achievement does not by any means carry with it exemption from trials of their faith and even persecutions because of their faith.
All who are interested in nothing the happy adjustment of means to an end cannot fail to be impressed as they look upon an up-to-date printing-press, a Jacquard loom, or any other of the thousand mechanical devices which figure so largely in modern so-called civilization.
A well-known poet says that "faith and unfaith can ne'er be equal powers," a sentiment with which most thinkers would agree; and yet, sad to say, there is much more unfaith in human experience than faith.
It was about twenty-five years ago that Christian Science was introduced to the quiet little Wisconsin village of which I was at that time a resident, and well do I remember the manner in which it was received by those who did not then accept its teachings.
I feel impelled by a great sense of joy to tell what Christian Science has done for me.
The Preface of Science and Health opens with the words, "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings".
When Christian Science came into my life five years ago, it found me a physical wreck and unhappy.
With a heart filled with gratitude I wish to acknowledge the many blessings I have received through Christian Science.
It has been my privilege to experience God's care and omnipotence since I have learned through Christian Science that man is His perfect offspring, hence forever intact.
Four years ago I began the study of Christian Science, after having been constantly under medical treatment for nine years.
As one who has received untold blessings through the teachings of Christian Science I desire to express my gratitude for this practical revelation of the truth which has healed me of sickness and sin and brought peace and joy into my life.
Christian Science healed me of a malignant growth on the face, from which I had suffered for twenty-five years.
Several years ago I received the first Christian Science literature I had ever seen.
I had known of Christian Science for a number of years and owned a copy of Science and Health, but did not think seriously of Science until confronted by the necessity for an operation.
I have a deep sense of gratitude for the blessings that have come to me through Christian Science, and it is with a desire to tell others about it that I send this testimony.
The Christian Science Text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.