The adherents of the Christian Science church have but...

Lebanon (Pa.) News

The adherents of the Christian Science church have but one Bible, the old book we all know. To say that Mrs. Eddy's book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," which is in fact a commentary, is the Bible of Christian Scientists, is like saying that the key which unlocks a treasure is the treasure itself. We are thankful for the key because of the treasure it opens to us. Christian Science emphatically does not teach that a perfect, immortal, loving God made miserable, sinning, suffering mortals, or that He made sin, sickness, and death. God's creations must be like Himself, — spiritual, perfect, and good. Hence, unless we are prepared to accept the conclusion that there is more than one creator, we must admit that what is so unlike God must be untrue, unreal, or a lie, if you please.

Christian Scientists are altogether law abiding, and they observe with scrupulousness all legal health and quarantine regulations. In common with many outside the ranks of Christian Science, they do not believe the body is benefited by constantly thinking about it, worrying over it, and fearing for it ; they endeavor to be mindful of Paul's words, "Rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." No one can read the beautiful chapter on Prayer in the Christian Science text-book and get from it as a whole anything like the distorted meaning our friend attempts to portray by using a number of disjointed phrases. Some of the quotations made use of, when separated from necessary contexts, hardly come nearer the correct teaching of Christian Science than would be the case were we to say that the whole message of the great Nazarene was conveyed by the words "Jesus wept."

Christian Science numbers among its adherents judges, lawyers, doctors, dentists, teachers, successful business men in many lines, and vast numbers of intelligent, cultured people; therefore it may not be lightly swept aside simply by designating it as "unreasonable" or "nonsensical."

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