An evangelist, speaking at the Christian Church, characterized...

The Howard County Advertiser

An evangelist, speaking at the Christian Church, characterized Mrs. Eddy as among "the false prophets that have arisen to foretell the end of the world." Mrs. Eddy rarely indulged in prophecy of any sort, and certainly she never attempted to fix a calendar date for the ending of the world. Her teaching was metaphysical, and agreed with Scripture in repudiating the false theory of a material universe as the creation of God. She believed with St. John that "all that is in the world ... is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever."

Mrs. Eddy taught that the world of spiritual reality is revealed to the individual just in proportion to his abandonment of the illusion of a matter world and his acceptance of the allness of the divine Mind (God and His spiritual creation, man and the universe). The "end of the world," therefore, is a continuous process of destruction of erroneous concepts through replacement with right ideas. These ideas, she taught, are real, present, and permanent. They are forever expressed by the creative, infinite Mind, God, and so are held eternally. These infinite ideas constitute man and the universe, not material, but mental, spiritual, and indestructible. Christ Jesus said, "The hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father." "Now," declared St. Paul, "is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." Expounding this Scripture, Mrs. Eddy wrote in Science and Health (p. 39), "Now is the time for so-called material pains and material pleasures to pass away, for both are unreal, because impossible in Science." She could not have been an enemy to Christianity, as this evangelist avers, who taught consistently the worship of God as Spirit and sought to obey the evangelistic command of the Master to "preach the gospel to every creature" and to "heal the sick."

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