The Citizen reports a sermon delivered at the Summer...

Auburn (N. Y.) Citizen

The Citizen reports a sermon delivered at the Summer School of Theology in which the clergyman made the common mistake of associating the teachings of Christian Science with methods of healing that are based either upon blind faith or upon mental suggestion. By way of correction, permit me to state that Christian Science is neither of these. Outside of this Science the reality of sin and disease is undisputed, even by those endeavoring to overcome it. By reality Christian Science means that which proceeds from God, or divine Principle, and has a basis in fact.

If sickness were real, it could not possibly be cured and it would be useless to try. But according to Christian Science, God is the author of good only. From this it follows that sickness is not real, owing to the simple fact that it is not good. A perfectly good God could create only a perfect man. When this spiritual fact is understood and applied to discordant human belief, mortals will realize what Christ Jesus meant when he said to his disciples that by knowing the truth they would be made free. "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals," writes Mrs. Eddy on page 476 of Science and Health. "In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick."

October 27, 1917

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