Christian Science has stimulated the reading of the Bible,...

Charlevoix (Mich.) Courier

Christian Science has stimulated the reading of the Bible, and has created a desire for a more complete and demonstrable understanding of this holy book to a degree far beyond that of any other contemporaneous religious movement. It can safely be asserted that no religionists are today such earnest and honest and thorough students of the Bible as are Christian Scientists. Furthermore, their study of the Bible is teaching them that Jesus meant exactly what he said when he advised all who believe on him to do the works that he did. Because the critic fails to understand how Jesus healed the sick, and therefore fails to understand how every one who understands his teachings can do likewise, should he hold up to ridicule those who are attempting to follow the example of the Nazarene in the way of his appointing?

In his sermon the gentleman has much to say about "science" and the relation of matter thereto; but I imagine it would be a difficult task for him to explain from his point of view the passage of the Israelites through the Red Sea, how Elijah provided the meal and the cruse of oil for the widow of Zarephath, how the three Hebrew young men emerged unscathed from the fiery furnace, how Jesus turned the water into wine, fed the multitudes with the loaves and fishes, healed the sick, raised the dead, overcame the grave and finally all materiality for himself. Christian Scientists believe that these are examples of spiritual power due to a correct understanding of God and His creation, and that it is as necessary today for mortals to be able to follow these examples before they can possess the kingdom of heaven as it was in the time of Jesus.

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